Drop-Side Rails and 2011 CPSC Safety Regulations
Prior to June 2011, drop-side baby cribs were widely and legally used throughout the United States. They were useful and convenient, because they allowed one side of the crib to drop. Caregivers could then easily place or lift the infant in and out of the crib. The CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) released a statement in May 2010 reporting 32 fatalities due to drop-side rails over a nine-year period due to faulty clips and hardware that allowed the rail to slip trapping the child’s head. In June of 2011, new regulations on crib safety were put in place. These regulations pertained to banning drop-side rails, as well as a demand for increased durability of mattress supports and hardware in order to prove compliance.