On December 28, 2010 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) implemented sweeping new crib safety standards for traditional cribs made from steel and wood. In addition to eliminating drop-sides, cribs now require extensive new structural enhancements and labeling, as well as, allowing for alternate designs for accessing the infant, such as a drop-gate crib side.
CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs since 2007. Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additional deaths have occurred due to faulty or defective hardware. These new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safe in their cribs. For more information visit www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html