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July 01, 2010


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I have to say I'm frustrated by the ban of ALL drop side cribs. I have a drop-side crib made by a company that received a B+ rating and we have un-assembled and re-assembled it 5 times (moves, including the one from our bedroom to the nursery) and it is going strong. I have every intention of continuing to use it, converting it to a toddler bed for my 20 month old, and then turning it back into a crib for my next crib (along with re-converting it to a toddler bed).

I wholly agree with your statement that if parents screw up the assembly, there's no reason to do a blanket ban. And, also as you said, at this point, you may as well ban ALL baby toys/equipment.

Nancy Cowles

You raise interesting points. One source of information may be from retailers of the Generation 2/ChilDESIGNS cribs you mention -- they have already been recalled and consumers were told to contact their retailer for a refund, replacement or store credit. What has been retailer's experience with that recall?

You mention there were no deaths in those cribs recalled just last month, but fail to mention that CPSC reports almost three dozen deaths in all drop-side cribs. Many of the cribs involved have been recalled, but we know that most recalled cribs remain in use -- so the danger is still out there.

KID has recommendations for parents with a non-recalled dropside crib here..http://kidsindanger.blogspot.com/2010/04/whats-deal-with-drop-side-cribs.html

As to the issue of mis-assembly, one has to ask -- if you design a crib (remember -- meant to leave children unattended) in such as way that it can be assembled in more than one way and appear to be fully functioning -- and one of those ways involve death -- isn't that a design flaw?

While the drop-side design has been eliminated in both the current voluntary standard and that ban is in the draft mandatory standard now working its way through CPSC, that alone will not solve the problems with faulty hardware. New performance requirements and stringent testing in the standards is the real key to safer cribs. Those are already published in the voluntary standard and the mandatory standard should be in place by the end of the year.


Interesting post..it is a while since I have had anything to do with a drop side crib but I do recall vividly my brothers head getting stuck in ours when I was a child.

I thought they were done away with years ago...(but it has been a while!)

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