Safety Commission bans drop side cribs

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 By

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Crib safety is an important issue, and the government hasn't updated standards since before Frankie said to "Relax" - and that was 1982. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

After a series of recalls and a number of deaths, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is mulling over whether or not to ban “side cribs,” a popular infant product.  It comes on the heels of a recall of Pottery Barn Kids, and a large number of their drop-side crib products.   The cribs in question have a small chance of accidentally strangling or smothering an infant if hardware fails and the side of the crib detaches.  A broad swath of child safety equipment has been recalled over the last few years, including high chairs, cribs, and other products.

Pottery Barn Recall

Recently, a recall of all Pottery Barn Kids drop side crib models, irrespective of model number, began.  According to the Associated Press, there were reports beginning to pour in citing faulty manufacturing, leading to injury and possible death by asphyxiation.  The side of the crib which raises or lowers can partially detach, creating a gap which can trap an infant that rolls over into it, smothering them or choking them to death in the worst case scenario.  The reasons cited for the side of the cribs malfunctioning are both improper assembly by parents and sub-par manufacturing materials.

Defective cribs are a killer

According to Business Week, the CPSC has recorded over 150 deaths in cribs since November of 2007, 65 of which were due to strangulation.  However, the Pottery Barn Kids drop side cribs didn’t cause any of them.  The cribs in question caused seven injuries after 36 incidents of detaching.  Pottery Barn Kids was ordered to recall 82,000 drop side cribs, but it appeared to be the last straw.  The U.S. CPSC voted 5-0 to ban drop side cribs of all kinds.  They can’t be sold in stores, and they can’t be used in hotels, day care centers, or anywhere else.

Latest unsafe product used to keep kids safe

Drop side cribs have been sold for decades, and they’re popular because the side can be lowered.  The idea is that they are easier to use than a traditional crib.  The last time that crib standards were updated was 1982.  This isn’t the first, and won’t be the last, child safety product to be recalled, as high chair recalls, booster seat recalls and car seats have all had defective models in the past.

Further Reading

Business Week: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-07-14/u-s-to-ban-drop-side-cribs-in-infant-safety-overhaul.html

Associated Press: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jweNjxx-ABQBmCMgm6A88Dj2B10gD9GV0QE00

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  1. Darlene says:

    I had three babies and all of them used a drop side crib. As a matter of fact we still have it. It was beautifully made, never became loose or weak. I don't know how these cribs that failed were made, but they must have been inferior. Our crib was first used in 1978. Maybe cribs were made better at that time. I am really short and I have an awful time putting my granddaughter in her crib. I injured my rib cage really bad putting her in her crib. One would think crib manufacturers could make a safe drop side crib for heaven sakes!

  2. Franrose says:

    Oh wow… my neighbor moved out recently and left behind a side-drop crib that's in perfect shape. I thought of my sister, who recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, and took the crib home with me. It's been sitting in the garage for almost a week now. But after reading this, it's going straight to the dumpster. I sure as heck don't want my niece sleeping in it. Thanks for the info!

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