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Nursery Safety: Drop-Side Cribs

By November 16, 2012

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Drop-side CribDo the cribs at your child's day care facility meet the latest safety recommendations? Maybe not.

In June 2011, the CPSC issued new crib safety standards, including a ban on the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs, which have been associated with at least 32 infant deaths since 2000.

A seemingly elegant solution to a common problem, the drop-side crib has enjoyed decades of popularity. Yet, the increased potential for wear and tear and the risk of hardware malfunction associated with the crib's moving parts poses a serious threat to infant occupants, who may be seriously injured or even killed after falling through or becoming trapped in a gap created by a malfunctioning drop-gate.

While drop-side cribs are no longer available on the retail market, many remain in use. Drop-side models can still be purchased by private sale, and some parents continue to use their existing models, unaware of the safety risk. What's more, these dangerous cribs may still be in use at your family day care, which is not legally required to comply with the CPSC's latest safety recommendations until December.

Not sure if your day care's facilities are up to snuff? Take a moment to review the latest crib safety recommendations, and talk to your childcare provider.

Still using a drop-side crib at home? Read this article to learn more about the risks associated with drop-side models and the steps you can take to ensure your little one's safety.

(Photo courtesy of USCPS via Flickr.)

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