In the wake of a government ban on drop-side cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a new set of standards, which manufacturers must be in compliance with by June 2011.
Included in the standards are provisions to stop the manufacture and sale of traditional drop-side cribs, make mattress supports stronger, ensure crib hardware is more durable and measures to improve safety testing.
According to the CPSC, drop-side rails have been associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Before these new standards were unanimously voted on, federal crib safety regulations hadn’t been updated in over 30 years.
Child care facilities, hotels and other places of public accommodations must have compliant cribs 24 months after the rule is published.
For more information on crib safety, check out the CPSC Crib Information Center site.
CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers [CPSC]