The new safety rules for all cribs manufactured, sold, resold or leased in the United States will go into effect on June 28th. The regulations, which were adopted last year by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, do the following:
• the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs is prohibited;
• tougher safety regulations for crib slats and mattress supports are imposed;
• stronger quality crib hardware is required; and
• more rigorous testing is required.
But the CPSC stopped short of banning all drop-side cribs. The rules apply to a number of crib safety factors, not just drop-side cribs. Several manufacturers voluntarily recalled their cribs in cooperation with the CPSC because of specific defects or risks of harm that were discovered. Although these recalls were separate from CPSC’s new crib standards, traditional drop-side cribs will not meet the new crib standards and those cribs cannot be sold after that date. The rules apply to both full-size and non-full-size cribs. In 2012, the rules will apply to cribs in use at child care centers and places of public accommodation.
Source: Lawyers USA Online
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