In 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) passed a law prohibiting the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs.
Drop-side cribs are cribs where one or both sides of the crib can be moved up and down for better accessibility. While many parents found the drop sides convenient, drop-side cribs were responsible for at least 32 infant deaths between 2000 and 2010. According to the CPSC, an additional 3,520 incidents and injuries were reported from November 1, 2007, to April 11, 2010, involving drop-side cribs. Injuries included suffocation, strangulation, entanglement, broken bones, and skull fractures. Most of these injuries and deaths occurred when a drop rail partially detached and a gap formed between the drop rail and the mattress. The child was either fell through the gap or was caught and suffocated or strangled.
Under the new guidelines, crib manufactures are required to use stronger materials and hardware. Crib slats must be well attached and drop sides are banned. While you can still find drop-side cribs at yard sales and on Craigslist.org, our Dallas product liability attorneys suggest that you purchase a crib that meets the current safety guidelines.
The Dallas attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm work to hold crib manufacturers responsible for injuries caused by defective or poorly made cribs. To discuss a crib injury claim, contact Rasansky Law Firm at 1-877-405-4313.