After decades of screaming, begging and pleading by safety advocates, the federal government finally announced on Wednesday a permanent ban on the manufacture and sale of dropside cribs in the United States.
As we reported this summer on our South Florida Injury Lawyer Blog, the government estimates the cribs have killed more than a dozen infants a year. Typically, a child’s head gets caught between the mattress and siderail. Of the more than 100 children’s products recalled so far this year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least five involved dropside cribs.
The government has also been far too slow to act in recalling dangerous and defective strollers. We reported last month about a Graco Stroller recall after the strangulation of four infants dating back to 2003. Attorney Hollander represented the family of one of those infants, who was tragically killed by the defective strollers.
The USA Today reports that the dropside cribs have cradled millions of infants for generations. But, starting in June, cribs must not have side rails that move up and down. More than 9 million of the cribs that been recalled in the past five years.
“I am proud to say the United States will now have one of the strongest crib standards in the United States,” said Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission. “I believe these new standards will markedly reduce crib-related hazards and help to ensure that children sleep more safely in their cribs.”
Hotels and childcare centers will have two years to comply with the year rules.