Drop Side Baby Cribs Illegal To Sell, New Or Used

June 27, 2011

Beginning tomorrow, June 28, 2011, all cribs of any size that are manufactured or sold in the United States (including used cribs) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. Drop side cribs may no longer be built, or sold — even in second-hand stores or at tag sales. All cribs will need to be more durable and will be subject to more rigorous safety testing.

“These long-awaited changes are much needed, and I’m pleased that we will be seeing a whole new generation of safer cribs in the consumer marketplace,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said today.

The Department of Consumer Protection is the state agency responsible for enforcing the Connecticut Child Protection Act along with numerous federal child safety laws.

After June 28th, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for use, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce any crib or portable crib that does not comply with the CPSC’s new standards. This rule applies to all makers and sellers, including consumers.

The new standards address mattress supports, crib slats, and hardware quality. Manufacturers will have to test to the new more stringent requirements to prove compliance. Child care centers and public lodging accommodations have until December 28, 2012, in order to replace existing cribs with cribs that meet the new federal safety standards.

Commissioner Rubenstein noted that product inspectors will be checking retailers and resellers for compliance. Consumers who find a drop-side crib for sale are encouraged to contact the Department at  1-800-842-2649 to report the store and location.

If you must continue to use your current crib, you are encouraged to:

a. Check CPSC’s crib recall list to make sure that your crib has not been recalled.
b. Check your crib frequently to make sure all of the hardware is secured tightly and that there are no loose, missing, or broken parts.
c. If your crib has a drop-side rail, stop using that drop-side function. If the crib has been recalled, request a free immobilizer from the manufacturer or retailer (the particular immobilizer you need will vary depending on the crib).
d. Once your child grows out of the crib to a bed, dissemble and discard the crib.

The Department of Consumer Protection website (www.ct.gov/dcp) has posted an information sheet outlining the new requirements. The sheet is available in English and Spanish.

More detailed information about the new standards and crib safety are on the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov and at the CPSC Crib Information Center (http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html).


One Response to Drop Side Baby Cribs Illegal To Sell, New Or Used

  1. Linda Woody on June 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    JPMA Members Stand Ready With Compliant Crib Inventory; Final Crib CPSC Rule Based on ASTM Requirements Has Widespread Support
    The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a national trade organization representing the baby gear industry, supported the development of ASTM Standards for cribs which have been adopted as the basis for the new Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory crib rules, 16CFR 1219-1220. JPMA members are well-prepared for the new crib regulation to take effect June 28, 2011.

    The new federal requlations, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, do not allow the sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs which were eliminated under ASTM standards in 2009. The standard also increases the testing for crib slats and mattress supports and adds new requirements for hardware testing.

    “Crib manufacturers have contributed and supported the ongoing improvements to juvenile product regulations involving durable infant products for many years,” said Michael Dwyer CAE, Executive Director of JPMA. “Our members are prepared for the implementation of the final crib rule and are dedicated to ongoing consumer education regarding safe sleep.”

    JPMA was involved with the ASTM consensus standard setting process, establishing a revised voluntary standard (F1169-10) which is the basis for the final crib rule coming into effect this week. Manufacturers supported the development of the standard and urged its adoption as a federal regulation. Industry also provided extensive financial and engineering manpower support to expedite the process. JPMA members are prepared to provide retailers with the compliant new inventory needed to meet expected customer demand.

    “Our members are currently selling cribs that meet the new Federal standard and parents will continue to enjoy a large selection of cribs in a range of price points,” said Dwyer.

    In 2010, JPMA launched a Safe Sleep website, http://www.cribsafetyorg. Through this portal, parents and caregivers can easily access a range of information pertaining to the final crib rule, how to create a safe sleep environment, as well as a series of informative videos demonstrating safe sleep practices.

    About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

    The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers. Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products.

    To find out more information about the JPMA Certification Program, the products certified and for a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit http://www.jpma.org. Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube and visit http://www.jpma.org to learn more about additional safety tips and other JPMA initiatives.

    Contact: Linda Woody, Communications Manager, 856-642-4420, lwoody@ahint.com.

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