I’m a tad late in typing this up, thanks to a sick 3 year old – but I wanted to quickly highlight this. The Consumer Reports blog reported about it, and I also stumbled on it over at Polliwogged and DaddyTypes (2 great GREAT blogs to be reading by the way) so you can get your fill of information.
But basically, here’s the deal. Since the beginning of 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced 19 crib recalls totaling nearly 4.3 million full-size cribs. Faulty hardware has contributed to the deaths of children who became entrapped and/or strangled in the gaps created due to the hardware failure. Almost 75% of the recalled cribs were due to failures of the crib drop-side hardware. (Source: ConsumerReports)
This move will likely take months and stricter rules regarding drop-side cribs (or the elimination of them all together) will be put in place. When this ban takes place it will mean:
- Existing drop-side cribs will no longer be sold (new OR used)
- New cribs will be required to have 4 sides (or a fold down side rather than drop side for shorter people)
From what I can tell, existing drop-side cribs won’t be recalled (we’ll have to wait and see on that one) but you won’t be able to sell them to second hand shops and/or you’ll be stuck with a crib that doesn’t meet the most current safety standards. Of course this still needs to go through a few months of ironing so I’ll post the “in plain English” versions as they become available.