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New, Stronger Crib Guidelines Will End Sale of Deadly Dropside Cribs

crib2a.jpg Drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000.The CPSC has now approved new mandatory standards that would end the manufacture and sale of drop side cribs and beef up safety testing. Read more to find out  when child care centers and hotels must comply.

 

CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers

WASHINGTON,
D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted
unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and
non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety
Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The federal crib standards had not
been updated in nearly 30 years and these new rules are expected to
usher in a safer generation of cribs.

Once
they become effective, the mandatory crib standards will: (1) stop the
manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make
mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and
(4) make safety testing more rigorous.

CPSC
has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching
drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and
strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due
to faulty or defective hardware. These new standards aim to prevent
these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs.

Effective
June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States
must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after
the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care
homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation,
such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their
facilities.

The
full-size and non-full-size crib standards adopted the current ASTM
International voluntary standards with additional technical
modifications.

For more information on crib safety and safe sleep environments for baby, visit CPSC�s crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html

 

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