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Tuesday
Jun282011

New Generation of Safer Cribs Hit Stores Nationwide

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(WASHINGTON) -- A new generation of safer baby cribs will go on sale at retail stores across the U.S. Tuesday, thanks to a government rule that bans old drop-side cribs.

The new cribs will have fixed sides, preventing infants from getting their necks stuck as they could have with the drop-side models.  These older cribs have caused at least 32 infant deaths in the last decade, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC's Nychelle Flemming says "the new requirements include stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous traditional drop-side cribs as well as making mattress supports and crib slats stronger, crib hardware more durable and also more rigorous safety testing."

Although companies can no longer produce or sell the drop-side cribs, that doesn't mean they've disappeared entirely.  Since 2007, the government has recalled over 11 million drop-side cribs.  If you want to check if your crib is on the recalled list, visit the CPSC's wesbite.

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