FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2010
CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs as mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The federal crib standards had not been updated in nearly 30 years and these new rules are expected to usher in a safer generation of cribs.
Once they become effective, the mandatory crib standards will: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more rigorous.
CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware. These new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs.
Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities.
The full-size and non-full-size crib standards adopted the current ASTM International voluntary standards with additional technical modifications.
For more information on crib safety and safe sleep environments for baby, visit CPSC’s crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html
To see this press release on CPSC’s web site, including a link to the CPSC public meeting webcast where these new mandatory standards were approved, and links to CPSC Commissioners’ statements, please go to:
Simply Baby Furniture’s Thoughts
Simply Baby Furniture strongly supports this change because it will ensure that all new cribs will be safer for babies. We are in the process of removing all drop-side cribs from our online store and will soon only offer cribs with static sides with no moving parts and all of our cribs meet today’s safety standards. Several have even earned a JPMA certification. We make sure to only sell cribs from trusted brands that have proven to provide top quality and safe nursery furniture.
We also want to inform parents that buying used drop-side cribs is no longer legal or safe. Buying any used crib isn’t a good idea because if a crib has been reassembled it may not have all the hardware it needs to be safe for your baby. An older crib might also not pass today’s safety regulations. If you’ve already purchased a new or used drop-side crib we suggest buying a new crib with stationary rails to ensure that your baby stays safe during every nap and all night long.