Consumer Law

1st Ban on Drop-Side Cribs Follows Nationwide Recall of Millions

Following news this week of a Consumer Product Safety Commission recall of 2.1 million so-called drop-side cribs, a suburban New York county has banned their sale.

In a new law that is believed to impose the first such prohibition in the country but is already being considered for emulation elsewhere, Suffolk County has made it illegal to sell any crib that has a side that moves up and down, according to CBS and the Associated Press.

The construction of such cribs reportedly may make it easier for babies to suffocate or otherwise be injured.

However, the Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. cribs are being recalled by the CPSC because hardware can fail, due either to a defect or improper installation, causing the drop-side to fall out of alignment, reports National Underwriter.

Four babies have died of suffocation as a result, the NU article says.

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