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After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:23am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is outlawing drop-side cribs
after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past
decade.
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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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