Baby cribs with one side that drops down are no longer sold. The drop-down side separates too easily from the crib, and babies get trapped between the side and the mattress. The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports multiple child deaths from unsafe cribs and the more dangerous cribs were recalled.
All of the older cribs are now prohibited from public use, including child care centers and hospitals. Cribs manufactured and sold after June 2011 must meet new federal standards for safety.
New crib hardware has to be stronger and the slats closer together. A crib’s mattress support, slats, and hardware are now required to be more durable and manufacturers have to test cribs to ensure they meet the more stringent requirements.
The CPSC asks that you tear old cribs apart before throwing them away. Don’t give them away or sell them. How terrible that another baby might die from sleeping in an unsafe crib.
For more information, see www.cpsc.gov/cribs