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Tougher Standards for Cribs Expected by Year's end

Jan 21, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

It looks like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will finally update its crib safety standards by year's end. The agency hasn't updated those standards since 1982. Thanks to a product safety law adopted  a year and half ago, The Wall street Journal said the CPSC is required to update standards for cribs.

According to The Wall Streeet Journal, CPSC head Inez Tenenbaum  wants to improve the quality of wood used in cribs and improve mattress supports. She also wants to end the sale of drop side cribs, and according to the Journal, most of the industry has agreed to phase out that type of crib.

Last November, following a massive recall of Stork Craft drop side cribs that had been implicated in the suffocation deaths of four children, Tenenbaum advised that parents and caregivers abandon drop side cribs altogether.

Since 2007, defective cribs – especially the drop side variety – have killed more than a dozen infants, injured even more and resulted in the recall of 7 million cribs. Just yesterday, Dorel Asia recalled more than 600,000 drop side cribs that caused the strangulation death of a child.

According to The Wall Street Journal, most recalled cribs have met the current safety standards for new cribs, which include a mix of mandatory standards set by the government, as well as voluntary standards. The voluntary standards, set by a by a voluntary standards-setting group, are actually tougher than the CPSC’s.  

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