Killer Drop Side Cribs Illegal, Finally


drop side cribs illegalIf you have a drop-side crib in your home, now is the time to throw that death trap out. After way too many deaths due to drop-side cribs, the U.S. government made these deadly cribs illegal. The Consumer Product and Safety Commission unanimously voted today to ban cribs that have a side rail that moves up and down, and it's not a moment too soon.

Since the year 2000, 32 infants and toddlers have been killed by malfunctioning drop-side cribs, and at least 14 other deaths are suspect due to the killer cribs. We've seen recall after recall after another infant needlessly lost his or her life, whether by crib malfunction, inappropriate assembly, or cheap materials allowing a "v" shaped gap between the mattress and the crib, allowing a baby to get trapped and suffocate.

The ruling will go into effect in June of 2011, so here's what you should do until then.

1) Call the manufacturer of your drop-side to see if it hasn't already been recalled. If so, ask for the instructions for a refund or a replacement.

2) If you have a non-recalled crib, check to make sure all of the hardware is fully functional. Or better yet, get rid of it.

3) If you're staying at a hotel make sure your crib is not a dangerous drop-side. Call ahead if necessary and be a pest.

4) Hotels and day care facilities have one year to remove all drop-side cribs from their possession, so also check your day care or sitter's house to make sure they aren't using a recalled or dangerous crib.

While this ban has come too late for the families who lost their babies, it's still a win for parents everywhere trying to keep their little ones safe.

Do you have a drop-side crib?


Image via CPSC

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three... threeisenuff

I had a drop-side crib (used the same one for both of my girls) but since my girls nursed, they co-slept with us until they were old enough to convert the beds to toddler beds so they never actually used the "crib" part of it.

Happy... Happyfacecookie

I have a dropside crib, but the maker is out of business what should I do???  I cant afford a new crib

TippyD TippyD

we have an older one, and honestly, I have NO plans on getting rid of it*some one call CPS!!*  rolls eyes..

starr... starrsitter

I have a drop-side, but the side hasn't "dropped" in a year.  The track that it slides in has a piece that's bent and it won't budge.  If I and my husband can't move it (together) I don't think it's going anywhere.

Momof... Momof3smoochies

I have one and all three of my kids have used it. Oh and they have climbed over it and not once did I have an issue! Maybe people should start reading instructions properly and installing things right. Now do I plan getting rid of it. f*CK NO!!!!!!!!!!

Amy Knoch

We used the same drop side crib for 5 kids in our family (it went through a couple of cousins and then I inherited it for my son, then it went back to another cousin and I reinherited it for my daughter).  if I still had it, I'd use it again.  Its like anything else in life.  If you follow the instructions you're a lot less likely to have issues.  I view this along the same lines as the chicken pox vaccine.  Millions of drop side cribs are used every day, have been for however many years.  In the last 10 years, millions have been in use and 30 kids have died.  While its sad, certainly, what do you bet the odds are there was user error in the process somewhere?  This is just another ploy cooked up between the mommy-gov't and the big business to force people to spend more money on useless enhancements. 

Katie Garey Kellenbarger

I have a drop side too that was used with my daughter and will be used with my son when he transitions out of our bed. I rarely lower the side to get the kids out and honestly I'm not that worried about it. I'm not going to run out and buy a $200 crib that may only be used for 6mo or so :/ At this point, I'm not even sure if my son will transition out of our bed before he's a toddler ;)

AMom29 AMom29

I have one made in 1989 that I used for my son without issue.  However, I did buy a new stationary side crib this year for the baby I'm expecting now.

Question -- where do you dispose of these old cribs?

Amy Knoch

And notice in all of those pictures that the side rail has been detached.  The side rails cannot get like that if the parent is paying attention to the crib.  The "self fixes" they're talking about - well that's common sense, if it breaks, replace or repair it properly.  Obviously jury-rigging the fix is going to cause hazardous situations.  This is common sense, and puts the fault squarely on the parents, not the crib manufacturers. 

Just like the CPSIA that was designed to "protect" kids from contaminated goods from overseas, the only people its going to hurt are the little businesses and the parents. 

Corinn Morrison

Well, this is precisely the kind of thing that turns someone like me into a paranoid mess. My son is two years old and has always had sleep issues. He is just now sleeping well in his (drop side) crib that also belonged to our daughter when she was a baby. I fear that if I move him into a toddler bed, that will create his sleep issues again (I envision countless nights of him darting out of his bed and running for the living room as soon as we lay him down at night). He is not the kind of kid who does well with change, but since he's two, it would be silly for me to buy a new crib now (He would adjust to a new crib far easier than he would adjust to a real bed, I think). So now, here I sit, a nervous wreck fretting over what to do. Meh.

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