New Safer Cribs- It’s the Law
Starting today, June 28, 2011, retailers are only allowed to sell cribs that meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) new crib standards. This is the result of a December 2010 unanimous decision to change crib standards industry-wide. This decision affects all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers.
“Safer cribs will mean a safer sleep for babies across the country,” said the CPSC.
5 New Federal Requirements
Beginning June 28, 2011 all cribs sold in the United States must meet new federal requirements for overall crib safety:
- Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits not allowed
- Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage
- Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off
- Mattress supports must be more durable
- Safety testing must be more rigorous
Crib Safety Facts
- CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007.
- Drop-side cribs with detaching side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000.
- Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective crib hardware.
Contact An Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.