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CPSC – Safer Cribs for Babies

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In December 2010, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve new mandatory crib standards. All distributors, importers, manufacturers and retailers will be required to comply and offer only cribs that meet the new improved standards.

A few of the new mandatory rules include: (1) stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) strengthening mattress supports and crib slats; and more. You can read about it on the CPSC Web site.

Since 2007, the agency has recalled well over 11 million dangerous cribs. Drop-side cribs with detaching side rails are linked to at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. New standards aim to prevent these tragedies while also keeping babies safe in their cribs.

Child care facilities, as well as places of public accommodations, such as hotels, will be required to comply with the new standards starting December 28, 2012.

For more information on crib safety and the most up-to-date information on how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby, visit CPSC’s crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/cribs