After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is outlawing drop-side cribs
after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to
ban the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cribs, which have a
side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily
lift their child from the crib.
Around for decades, drop-side cribs have come under scrutiny in
recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper
plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail
partially detaching from the crib. When that happens, it can create
a dangerous "V"-like gap between the mattress and side rail where
a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.
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