In order to prevent kids from dying, the government has issued a ban on selling or making traditional drop-side cribs. If the gate or slate on the side of the crib gets loose, a baby can fall in there and get trapped, eventually hanging themselves to death.
The ruling came after the new CPSC czar came onboard with a mission to overhaul the agency which had long been perceived as the manufacturers’ handmaiden. Crib safety was her top priority and investigating the backlog of complaints against faulty cribs revealed disturbing trends with regard to drop-side cribs, leading to today’s broad ban.
It may not seem like much at the time, but every complaint you file can make a difference, eventually.
Government bans traditional cribs [Chicago Tribune] (Thanks to Harper!)