A new article on Bloomberg says the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “intends to issue federal regulations on crib safety by the end of the year” that will completely “eliminate the drop-side design” of baby cribs.
The article says 9 million cribs have been recalled in the past five years, and there have been “32 deaths since 2000” apparently due to the design of the drop-side cribs.
“Drop-side cribs are popular with parents because one side can be raised or lowered on tracks, providing easier access to the bed. Infants can suffocate or be strangled when the hardware fails and a side detaches, creating a gap.”
If you have a drop-side crib, check out JPMA’s site (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) for information on what is being recalled and what you can do if you have one of these cribs.