Kudos to the U.S. CPSC for banning the sale, resale and manufacture of all drop-side cribs in the United States. Since 2000, 30 infants and toddlers have died as a result of these dangerous cribs, and this action will help prevent additional children from this cruel fate. Beginning today, all cribs sold in the U.S. must meet new, rigorous safety standards.
Most manufacturers have already gotten on board and are providing U.S. families with new and improved safety designs. However, no one knows exactly how many drop-side cribs are still out there. Since 2007, over 11 million of these types of cribs have been recalled due to their potential danger, but countless babies may still be at risk because of the use of second-hand or hand-me-down cribs with drop-sides. If you have questions or concerns, check out the CPSC website for questions and answers about crib safety.
At Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, we have seen first-hand the devastation, pain and destruction that these cribs can inflict on a family. Please help spread the word about the realities of drop-side cribs and encourage friends and family to make informed decisions when purchasing a new crib.