Effective June 28, 2011, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has put new crib safety standards into effect.
The federal government has banned the sale (including re-sale) of all drop-side cribs, and imposed stricter guidelines for manufacturing new cribs. The new standards include:
- All cribs must now have fixed sides
- Slats must be made stronger to prevent breakage
- Crib hardware must be stronger
- Increased mattress durability and support
- Safety testing will have more stringent requirements to prove compliance
The new regulations apply to cribs used by childcare centers and hotels (or other places of public accommodation), although those organizations will have until December 28, 2012 to buy new cribs.
The new regulations are not a recall of all drop side cribs; however, some manufacturers have recalled their cribs as a result of the regulations, while other companies are providing consumers with tools to immobolize their drop sides. Consumers may visit the CPSC website to view the list of manufacturers or frequently asked questions about the new crib safety standards.
If your child has suffered a severe injury as the result of a dangerous or recalled product, personal injury lawyers may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. For more information about your legal rights, call 1-888-BURNETTI.