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    After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

    After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed - Yahoo! News

    The government outlawed drop-side cribs on Wednesday after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls.
    It was a unanimous vote by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib.


    Around for decades, drop-side cribs have come under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib. When that happens, it can create a dangerous "V"-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.


    The new standard mandates tougher safety testing for cribs, tests that more closely mimic a child in a crib. As children get older, they can apply more force to the crib — shaking on it, running around in it, jumping up and down. The new tests aim to make sure the cribs can take that kind of pressure.
    Better labeling on crib pieces will also be required — a measure that aims to cut down on the misassembly problems that some parents have encountered, problems that can lead to the death of a child.
    If something is seirously flawed because of the profit-line being watched (cheaper parts, etc) shouldn't they work on IMPROVING it and the requirements before banning it?

    And what on earth are short and disabled moms like me suppose to use? (ok - so my kids are out of cribs and I likely won't have more) but I'm surely not the only 4'11" tall mother with a brace and other issues that prevent bending and adequate lifting abilities on those months after birth.

    So - what alternative type of crib would be better or actually usable?

    I had one and I used it for ALL my kid's - it was high quality, very well made. My Grandparents bought it for me and when I finally gave it away it worked just as well is it did when I first had it - and it's probably still in use and going on 17 years without harming any of the kids at all.

    Seems to me the problem is that people aren't concerned enough to spring a one-time cost of a few hundred, instead they're heading to walmart for the cheapest piece of crap.
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    Re: After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So - what alternative type of crib would be better or actually usable?
    bottom hinges, slides to the side, or a side that is able to get removed entirely instead of dropping down guillotine fashion?
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    Re: After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    bottom hinges, slides to the side, or a side that is able to get removed entirely instead of dropping down guillotine fashion?
    So a crib side that falls open completely, can be removed entirely, or can have a side-swipe finger breaking action is better?

    When you have mechanical and movable parts you risk some level of injury.
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    Re: After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    So a crib side that falls open completely, can be removed entirely, or can have a side-swipe finger breaking action is better?

    When you have mechanical and movable parts you risk some level of injury.
    Bumped noggin, or a broken finger is a tad of a step up from a broken neck or suffocation

    Or shorties like you can saw the legs off the crib
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    Re: After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

    If it moved side to side it wouldn't be a drop-side crib...

    In any case, there have been several recalls and several attempts at increasing the standards for these things. They didn't just go from zero to ban.
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