Multiple recalls of drop-side baby cribs, blamed on at least 32 infant deaths and countless injuries, have been triggered by manufacturers in the last few years. But an unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission has effectively banned drop-side cribs and sets a mandate for the design of sturdier, safer cribs, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported.
Also, U.S. child care providers and hotels will have to replace all drop-side baby cribs with safer models. Commercial providers may end up paying $467.5 million to replace 935,000 units, according to CPSC estimates.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said the rule will be one of the world's toughest. Child care centers and hotels have two years to replace the recalled cribs, allowing time for manufacturers to meet the expected surge in demand:
"So many of these are small businesses which may not have the resources to replace their cribs all of them at one time."
Anyone still using a drop-side crib (check the CPSC's press release) should immediately stop using the product and contact the manufacturer about a possible reimbursement or replacement. Contact an Atlanta injury attorney if your child has been injured by a drop-side crib.
The agency has recalled more than 11 million cribs since 2007, most of them the drop-side variety. Detaching side rails have been blamed for at least 32 infant suffocation deaths since 2000. Faulty or defective hardware has been blamed for few other deaths.
Crib designers and manufacturers have until June 2011 to comply with the new federal regulations. CPSC provides a video of the public CPSC meeting where the rules were decided at its web site. Additional crib safety information from the CPSC can be found here.
There's nothing more horrific to parents than witnessing a child's death or serious injury. Seek help from Atlanta injury lawyers if you believe another party was responsible for your child's injuries.
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