The government has decided to outlaw drop-side cribs following the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers over the past ten years. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to ban the producing and selling of the cribs, which have a rail on the side that moves up and down, allowing easier access in lifting their child from the crib.
Drop-side cribs have been around for decades and recently have come under scrutiny because of malfunctioning hardware, cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that causes the drop-side rail to partially detach from the crib. If that happens, it can create a dangerous “V”-like space between the mattress and side rail where a baby can possibly get caught and suffocate or strangle.
The companies involved in the recall are Evenflo, Delta Enterprises Corp., Child Craft, Jardine Enterprises, LaJobi, Million Dollar Baby and Simmons Juvenile Products Inc.