The Consumer Products Safety Commission passed a ban on cribs with sides that drop, as well as other tough safety rules for cribs.
Beginning in about six months, cribs cannot be sold if they have sides that drop down. There are also tough new standards that measure the durability of slats and mattress supports.
Under the new rules, it will be illegal to sell almost all used cribs since almost none of the existing cribs will meet the new standards. Hotels and daycare centers will have two years to replace their cribs. Officials are concerned that if daycare centers all had to replace their cribs immediately, there would not be enough new cribs on the market in time. The grace period will also give daycare centers time to budget for the replacement cribs.
The major flaw with drop side cribs is that if a piece of a crib separates, including a side, a mattress support or a slat, babies can fall into the gap and hang themselves. Since 2007, over 11 million cribs have been recalled.
Between the end of 2007 and April 2010, the Consumer Products Safety Commission received at least 35 reports of infant fatalities due to problems with cribs. Almost all the deaths were due to a baby’s head, body or neck becoming trapped. About 50 percent of the deaths were attributable to drop side crib problems.
Hopefully, these strict new laws will result in safer cribs and fewer infant deaths. If an individual is injured by a negligently designed or manufactured product, the company making the product can be held liable for those injuries. If you have been injured by a defective product, call California personal injury attorney Don Sjaarda at 714-963-8216. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.