CPSC bans drop-side cribs

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – After dozens of baby deaths and millions of cribs recalled over the past decade, the Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to ban drop-side cribs Wednesday. Over the past decade, more than 30 children have died caught in drop-side cribs, and 100s more have been injured.

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Doctors at LSU Health Sciences Center say they've seen children brought in to the emergency room because of these types of injuries.

New mother, Julie Posey says stories of accidental deaths like these are scary.

"It's extremely daunting. It's scary. You can read 100 parenting books and they each tell you something different. Don't do this, be careful of this, watch out for this, and everything has warnings and labels and hazards," said Posey.

She applauds the decision to ban the manufacture, sale, and resale of drop-side cribs.

"It makes you feel like you're not alone. Like somebody else is watching out for your child too. People that are knowledgeable. People that test things repeatedly," said Posey.

The new standards also mandate tougher safety testing and better labeling. Doctors say parents should check the manufacturer when buying a crib. The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association provides a set of guidelines.

Once you buy a crib, doctors say there are other things parents can do to keep their children safe.

"Make sure children are not left unattended, and when children are put to sleep that they are put to sleep on their backs. We always recommend back to front for sleeping and that the cribs are properly installed and placed for the infants," said Dr. Wanda Wells.

The CPSC says the new standards will go into effect for stores and manufacturers by June of 2011. Hotels, nurseries, and other public places that provide cribs have 2 years to get rid of their drop-side cribs.

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