New Mandatory Standards for Cribs

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously this Wednesday in favor of a new set of proposed mandatory standards for cribs in an effort to ensure children are safe while they sleep.

According to Commission Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum, between November 2007 and April of this year, there were 36 deaths associated with crib structural problems.

The new mandatory guidelines also came at the heels of Pottery Barn Kids’ recall of over 80,000 drop-side cribs that were found to have endangered kids by entrapment, suffocation and fall hazards.

In addition to banning the production and sale of drop-side cribs, the new rules will mandate better mattress support, sturdier hardware and better quality wood for crib construction.

Hazards in cribs were found to result from faulty hardware, dangerous gaps created from mattress support failures, and the poor-quality wood used in crib slats that can be broken easily. In one instance, a child’s head was trapped between the drop side and the crib mattress.

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