It was reported by USA Today last month that Craigslist and eBay are allowing illegal used cribs to be sold, including the drop-side versions banned more than a month ago. EBay agreed to shut down its used crib auctions within a few weeks, according to a statement by eBay and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Craigslist said that it recently updated its “prohibition notices and information page” about used cribs at the request of CPSC’s, but that listings are moderated by site users.
It is now illegal to sell virtually all cribs manufactured before a new CPSC crib-safety standard took effect June 28. That’s because they don’t have the stronger hardware, mattress supports and slats required to pass rigorous new tests that mimic long-term use. Many of the 32 deaths in drop-side cribs occurred because hardware was broken or missing, or otherwise malfunctioned. Nancy Cowles of children’s product safety group Kids In Danger warns that cribs made before June 28 “continue to fail in real-world use.” She says that “the hardware simply doesn’t last.” Consumers must be aware that the illegal cribs are still being sold and not buy them.
Source: USA Today
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