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New Crib Safety Standards

Starting today, all cribs manufactured and sold in the United States must follow new federal safety regulations. It is now illegal to manufacture or sell traditional drop-side rail cribs. All cribs must have more durable mattress support, slats, and hardware and manufacturers must go through a more rigorous testing process.

There is not a new recall on drop-side rail cribs because of these new regulations. You can check the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for companies that have recalled their cribs and are providing immobilizers to secure the drop-side on the cribs.

Facilities such as daycare centers, hotels, and church nurseries have until December 28, 2011 to replace old cribs with compliant cribs that meet the new safety standards.

It is important to note that you cannot tell by looking at a crib whether or not it meets the new standards. The CPSC recommends you check with the retailer or manufacturer, who is required to run tests on their products to ensure they meet the standards.

Visit the CPSC for more information on the new crib standards.