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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced June 17 that only the new, safer generation of baby cribs will be available in the U.S. marketplace beginning June 28, 2011, and that “anyone that manufactures or sells baby cribs [in the U.S.] will be required to meet new and improved crib safety standards approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on December 15, 2010.”

Crib rental companies, however, have until December 28, 2012, to update their inventory and make sure it includes only cribs compliant with the new safety standards. Public accommodation facilities that provide cribs, such as childcare facilities and family child care homes, in addition to hotels and motels, in the U.S. also must come into compliance by December 28, 2012.

Federal mandatory crib standards had not been updated in almost 30 years and had been under consideration by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for more than two years. It is hoped that the mandatory standards will: “1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; 2) make mattress supports stronger; 3) improve slat strength; 4) make crib hardware more durable; and 5) make safety testing more rigorous.” CPSC says the “new safety standards aim to keep children safer in their cribs and prevent deaths resulting from detaching crib drop-sides and faulty or defective hardware.”

To quote the CPSC’s Crib Information Center website, “more than 11 million cribs and numerous bassinets and play yards have been recalled since 2007.” As most Americans are aware, defective cribs and crib hardware have caused too many family tragedies, child deaths and injuries. To learn more about Crib Safety and how to check your child’s crib, go to:

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