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Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Issues

Although these regulations are considered a positive step toward child safety, some consumers and businesses may feel a strain on their budget as they scramble to replace their old cribs.

The ban doesn't just target the manufacturers--retailers will be unable to sell any of the affected cribs they already have in stock, and second-hand stores will also be prohibited from accepting and reselling any donated cribs that do not meet the new standards.

Hotels, motels, and childcare facilities will have up to 18 months after the ban takes effect to replace old cribs with newer, up-to-code models. This extended time period was given to ensure enough new models will be available to replace the older ones, and will give businesses time to budget in the cost of replacing their old cribs.

So what should parents do? The Juvenile Products Association, which represents most of the crib industry, assures parents that most cribs that are assembled correctly and have not been recalled are safe to use. The CPSC recommends that parents currently using drop-side cribs inspect them to ensure all the parts are working properly, and to check the CPSC website to make sure their model hasn't been recalled. .

For more the most up-to-date recall information, visit our Children's Products and Toy Recalls page.



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