Manufacturers move to ban drop-side cribs

In the past few months, I have posted numerous times about recent crib recalls. Now, crib makers have proposed a ban on drop-side cribs after numerous recalls, injuies and infant deaths.

Michael Dwyer, executive director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group, says the proposal put forward at a meeting Tuesday outside Philadelphia would allow for about a 6-inch (15-centimeter) top rail on one side that could fold down to let shorter people or those with back troubles more easily lift a baby.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says at least three U.S. children have died in drop-side cribs in the last 18 months and there have been five recalls involving more than 3 million cribs. The agency has received more than 200 complaints, including about 70 incidents where the drop-side came loose or off the tracks.

It is refreshing to see that the JPMA is taking steps to prevent further injuries, deaths and recalls.