Drop-side crib ban in effect: No more buying, selling or donating

New safety rules are now in place for baby cribs, making manufacturing standards safer across the industry, and buying and selling--even at yard sales--illegal.

UPDATE: August 9, 2011, 5:57 p.m. (ET): Despite ban, major online sellers, including eBay and Craigslist, continue allowing sellers to post drop-side cribs for sale on their sites.

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Safety rules making it illegal to sell or donate an old drop-side baby crib—including selling them at yard or garage sales—officially take effect today, Tuesday, June 28. Government officials have even recommended destroying the drop-side crib you may already own and purchasing a new one for your baby, the new standards for baby cribs are so strict. The drop-side cribs were originally designed for ease of placement and lifting of babies, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that more than 30 babies were documented to have died after slipping through the broken adjustable rails--which can result in a “V-shaped” gap--either by hanging or suffocation. The drop-side cribs are also suspected in the deaths of about a dozen additional infants.

New safety rules for cribs require the mattress supports to be stronger, the hardware on the cribs to be more durable, and for the testing of the cribs to be more stringent before they are placed on the market. For example, manufacturers were previously allowed to retighten bolts and screws on a crib during hardware testing, arguing that the tests mimicked the way a child might rattle the crib and, therefore, result in loose bolts or screws. However, the CPSC finally realized that this type of testing, while possibly realistic for the actions of a toddler, was not realistic for the actions of most parents. Most parents, after all, would not be familiar with the inner workings of the crib, and would not know how to tighten bolts and screws in the more obscure areas of the hardware, or even consider that it needed to be done for normal use of the product.

Now, all four sides of cribs will be required to be fixed, non-movable sides, and will have to be stronger and tougher in order to pass pre-market testing.

"After 30 years of having outdated standards, CPSC delivered on its promise and created the toughest crib safety standards in the world," Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the CPSC, told the Associated Press. "Parents can now shop for a crib with confidence."

However, even though drop-side cribs can no longer be manufactured or sold, there are still many being used throughout the United States. Manufacturers have insisted that the unrecalled cribs are safe as long as parents properly maintain the cribs according to manufacturers’ instructions.

The new safety rules for cribs are being described by many as one of the most significant changes in child safety in literally decades.

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Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I hope someone tries to take this to court. The constitution is rather specific that congress alone has the authority to make laws, not some unelected bureaucrats. It is also rather specific that the federal government has authority only over interstate commerce, not things like yard sales.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wow, what a bunch of crazy comments. The govt. protecting babies from products that can kill them is nanny state? You people are willing to let another few dozen babies die? I guess we shouldn't require infant car seats, they didn't have them when I was a baby and I was fine. Well maybe a few thousand babies died back then, but it's important no one's FREEDOMS were restricted right? I looked this up because we have an old drop side crib we were going to sell or give away. I'd rather see this almost new crib trashed than worry about a baby dying in it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The government has more important things they should be doing. How many kids drowned in the bathtub since 2000 ? Maybe they can waste more of my tax money making it illegal to bath children as well. You want me to destroy my brand new drop side crib ??? Buy me a new one that suits what you think I should do. I mean this hasn't been a free country in decades either. Fear your government !

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
JUST REMEMBER THE WHAT IF??? I WOULD MUCH RATHER SPEND 200-300 MORE TO MAKE SURE MY CHILD IS SAFE. IT HAS HAPPENED TO OTHER BABIES WHAT MAKES YOU THINK FOR A MINUTE (WHAT IF) IT HAPPENS TO YOURS??? IF SO MANY CHILDREN WERE NOT DYING FROM THIS I HARDLY DOUBT THEY WOULD MAKE THIS A LAW AND IF YOU ARE TO CHEAP TO NOT THINK ABOUT YOUR CHILDS SAFTY THEN KEEP THEM IN A PACK N PLAY

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The world is full of What IFs. Then you should sell your car. Get rid of your bathtub. Don't fly. Don't buy peanut butter, don't ride a bike. Because all of these things have killed more people than the crib. In fact, don't have children because you never know what bad things may happen to them. YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY AND OUR FREEDOM TO LIVE OUR LIVES. YOU ALLOW THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER PEOPLE, WHO UNBELIEVABLY MAY BE MORE STUPID THAN YOURSELF, TO TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE NO COMMON SENSE AND WE SHOULD MAKE MORE AND MORE LAWS TO PROTECT YOU FROM YOURSELF.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I totally agree with you. We live in a nanny state and we are controlled by a few idiots who spread fear and lies through the media. People today lack basic common sense. What a sad world we live in.

Submitted by KC (not verified) on
Hotdogs too with your rationality of this? You know it is the number one food that causes choking in toddlers and babies, so with your mind set you would just give it to them knowing they most likely can or will choke? A bathtub you have to watch your children, you watch them when they are playing and make sure they don't have toys small enough to choke on. But the ONE place a baby is supposed to be safe enough for you to leave the room, or go to bed and sleep yourself, is actually injuring and killing babies and toddlers! That is NOT on the parent. We are led to believe they are safe in their cribs. We trust the cribs are safe and well made so something like this wont happen. But what parents are unaware of is that these parts that hold the sides up can break because they are made of PLASTIC instead of metal these days. Parents are not warned to check these, or the screws which can come loose and should be tightened every couple of months. Your argument is ridiculous and just doesn't have anything remotely to do with this subject of crib safety! So just because what if's can happen we shouldn't do all we can to keep our children safe? Just take a lets see if anything happens attitude is your answer? Dear lord I pray you have no children!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
30 babies have died from drop side cribs in how many years? An estimated 200 US babies die from routine infant circumcision every year. Where's the recall on THAT?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Circumcision? I had no idea. We chose to leave our boy's in place. And I agree that it is a tragedy that 30 babies died, but I must ask who the hillbillies were who used a clearly dilapidated crib that their child perished. This law is non-sense!

Submitted by KC (not verified) on
The new safety requirements are being applauded by parents and consumer advocacy groups. The risks of unsound cribs are high: a recent study found that every day 26 babies and toddlers are injured in cribs, playpens and bassinets in the U.S. That amounts to 9,500 injuries per year, a number that does not include the 100 deaths that also occur each year — harms directly related to an item that is supposed to be, above all, safe. “Cribs are unique among other children’s products. Parents expect to be able to place a child in a crib and know when they walk away that child will be safe. We need to hold cribs to much higher safety standards as opposed to baby equipment you are supposed to only use with parental supervision,” Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, told Healthland’s Bonnie Rochman in February. Also, this isn't about circumcision, that is a whole other topic. But I know where you got that insane amount and it came from people who have an agenda to stop it's practice and there is no proof of that because there is nobody that actually follows that. Thats all I am saying about that.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think this is a load of BS! This is a lopsided report, for all we know it was a 50 year span

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think this is a load of BS! This is a lopsided report, for all we know it was a 50 year span

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I think this is a load of BS! This is a lopsided report, for all we know it was a 50 year span

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm 4ft 9, I need a drop side crib, otherwise I will not be able to reach my baby when the mattress is at it's lowest setting. What should I do? I'm sure standing on a tool to try to reach her isn't the safest thing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You might want to ask a friend or relative if you can have their old one.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love your comment. We all have drop side cribs....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love your comment. We all have drop side cribs....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I love your comment. We all have drop side cribs....

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
At first this might sound like I am making a joke but I'm not. I don't even know if this would be feasible. Do you think that someone cut cut the legs shorter as long as they could make it even it might work.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
At first this might sound like I am making a joke but I'm not. I don't even know if this would be feasible. Do you think that someone cut cut the legs shorter as long as they could make it even it might work.

Submitted by Your Name (not verified) on
At first this might sound like I am making a joke but I'm not. I don't even know if this would be feasible. Do you think that someone cut cut the legs shorter as long as they could make it even it might work.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm 4ft 9, I need a drop side crib, otherwise I will not be able to reach my baby when the mattress is at it's lowest setting. What should I do? I'm sure standing on a tool to try to reach her isn't the safest thing.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I have 2 drop side cribs, my youngest just turned 1 and still sleeps in it. My oldest who is 3. I just took the rail off and put a safety rail so she had somewhat of a big girl bed and not fall out. Not ONCE did my children fall through the rails WTF is up wth that? WOW and both my cribs are put together with Screws and they are NOT plastic either, this is a load of BS

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well, for my two cents, not that most would not appreciate my observation: we couldn't afford a new crib when we were expecting our first, so we used my husband's old crib. It lasted well through three children, then we used my old crib (our parents saved everything). Everyone has done JUST FINE in them, nobody has died, and believe me, I have rambunctious children. We have a ton of "nanny" laws....can't help but note that the majority of them showed up on the books after the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision. Hmmmm......are we starting to feel GUILTY? HMMM???? So we pass tons of laws on the books in a frantic attempt to deaden our consciences. Pity the people who pass laws under the guise of "protecting children".....it's really all about money and trying to assuage guilt.

Submitted by SJ (not verified) on
my boy baby and his sister kicked out the end side of the 1950s crib we had-it was solid and wasnt even the side that dropped down-he was about 14 mos and she 2 yrs. Guess he wanted his freedom. all 4 of mine had an old 50's crib all okay now. even after my youngest one had broken arm playing at 5, severe bee sting allergy at 6, hit by car at 3, gun shot at 21 and blinded by that--hes fine and still living. nothing happened by crib!!! to top this my kids sat in a car seat which only had two things going over the top of the seat in front with us and he sat in it -No seat belts for any of it. but i will add- we had 2 car accidents with 2 different grandkids and thank god for the new seats in back because it did save both lives.