Drop-Side Cribs Finally Off the Market

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 30-Oct-2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has, amid thousands of complaints filed and millions of recalled units, taken the extreme step of making the sale of drop-side cribs illegal. These cribs, widely used since the 1970s, have one movable side that lowers to allow easier access to the mattress inside.

The safety concerns noted about these cribs all arise from the improper function of the drop-side. In at least 32 cases over the years, the side has come down unexpectedly, creating a pocket of space in which a child can become stuck and suffocate. Fourteen more deaths are suspected, and hundreds of personal injuries have been linked to the use of these infant beds.

Consumer safety advocates have been rallying against the cribs for years, prompting the CPSC to recall 10 million drop-side cribs since 2007. The cribs were manufactured and distributed by some of the top names in child products, including:

  • Dorel
  • Stork Craft
  • Simplicity
  • Pottery Barn Kids
  • Fisher Price
  • Delta Enterprise

The CPSC’s recall halts the sale of drop-side cribs effective in June of 2011. Families are advised to either stop using the cribs entirely, or at least make sure they are properly functioning and not one of the models subject to recall.

Public locations like hotels and child care centers are advised to exercise caution when using the cribs, but they technically have until June of 2012 to replace the drop-side cribs with fixed-side ones. The CPSC has also acted to ban the sale and re-sale (at garage sales, thrift stores or websites) of the cribs.

If your child has been injured by being trapped in a drop-side crib, consult an experienced product liability attorney in your area to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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