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Drop-Side Cribs to Become Illegal

Raphaël Büchler

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today voted to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs, after they were blamed for the deaths of more than 30 infants. These traditional cribs, which have one side that slides up and down so parents don’t have to reach as far to pick up their babies, become a safety hazard when the drop side becomes partially detached, creating a space that a baby can get stuck in. The new standards take effect in June; hotels and childcare centers with drop-side cribs will have a year to replace them.

The news comes as no surprise, after dozens of recalls of drop-side cribs in the last few years. Here’s hoping this measure keeps all babies sleeping safely.