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Dec 15, 2010 7:14 PM by Jenise Fernandez

Drop-side Cribs Banned by the Government

A traditional crib that has cradled millions of babies for generations has been out-lawed.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission unanimously voted to ban the manufacture, sale, and resale of drop-side cribs.
During the past decade, more than 30 infants and toddlers died because of the malfunction of drop-side cribs.
This traditional crib was widely popular because it allowed parents to more easily lift their child out by moving the side rail up and down.
Kim Crouchet, President of Pippin McGee in Lafayette, says buying a good quality crib is an investment worth making.
"This where the child spends 70% of the first year. It's important to make an educated decision," said Crouchet.
Dr. Darric Baty, the Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Women's and Children's Hospital, says some of the long term effects of a head injury due to a crib malfunction include mental retardation, difficulty moving their limbs, difficulty walking, and even difficulty learning.
The New Standard requires cribs to have fixed sides, but this won't take effect until June. Places like hotels and childcare centers will have a year to purchase new cribs.
As for parents who already have drop-side cribs, they will be able to safely use them if they aren't part of the recall list and if the hardware still works properly.

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