Drop Side Baby Cribs Illegal To Sell, New Or Used

Beginning tomorrow, June 28, 2011, all cribs of any size that are manufactured or sold in the United States (including used cribs) must comply with new and improved federal safety standards. Drop side cribs may no longer be built, or sold — even in second-hand stores or at tag sales. All cribs will need to be more durable and will be subject to more rigorous safety testing.

“These long-awaited changes are much needed, and I’m pleased that we will be seeing a whole new generation of safer cribs in the consumer marketplace,” Consumer Protection Commissioner William M. Rubenstein said today.

The Department of Consumer Protection is the state agency responsible for enforcing the Connecticut Child Protection Act along with numerous federal child safety laws.

After June 28th, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for use, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce any crib or portable crib that does not comply with the CPSC’s new standards. This rule applies to all makers and sellers, including consumers.

The new standards address mattress supports, crib slats, and hardware quality. Manufacturers will have to test to the new more stringent requirements to prove compliance. Child care centers and public lodging accommodations have until December 28, 2012, in order to replace existing cribs with cribs that meet the new federal safety standards.

Commissioner Rubenstein noted that product inspectors will be checking retailers and resellers for compliance. Consumers who find a drop-side crib for sale are encouraged to contact the Department at  1-800-842-2649 to report the store and location.

If you must continue to use your current crib, you are encouraged to:

a. Check CPSC’s crib recall list to make sure that your crib has not been recalled.
b. Check your crib frequently to make sure all of the hardware is secured tightly and that there are no loose, missing, or broken parts.
c. If your crib has a drop-side rail, stop using that drop-side function. If the crib has been recalled, request a free immobilizer from the manufacturer or retailer (the particular immobilizer you need will vary depending on the crib).
d. Once your child grows out of the crib to a bed, dissemble and discard the crib.

The Department of Consumer Protection website (www.ct.gov/dcp) has posted an information sheet outlining the new requirements. The sheet is available in English and Spanish.

More detailed information about the new standards and crib safety are on the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov and at the CPSC Crib Information Center (http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html).

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20 Comments on "Drop Side Baby Cribs Illegal To Sell, New Or Used"

  1. JPMA Members Stand Ready With Compliant Crib Inventory; Final Crib CPSC Rule Based on ASTM Requirements Has Widespread Support
    The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a national trade organization representing the baby gear industry, supported the development of ASTM Standards for cribs which have been adopted as the basis for the new Consumer Product Safety Commission’s mandatory crib rules, 16CFR 1219-1220. JPMA members are well-prepared for the new crib regulation to take effect June 28, 2011.

    The new federal requlations, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, do not allow the sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs which were eliminated under ASTM standards in 2009. The standard also increases the testing for crib slats and mattress supports and adds new requirements for hardware testing.

    “Crib manufacturers have contributed and supported the ongoing improvements to juvenile product regulations involving durable infant products for many years,” said Michael Dwyer CAE, Executive Director of JPMA. “Our members are prepared for the implementation of the final crib rule and are dedicated to ongoing consumer education regarding safe sleep.”

    JPMA was involved with the ASTM consensus standard setting process, establishing a revised voluntary standard (F1169-10) which is the basis for the final crib rule coming into effect this week. Manufacturers supported the development of the standard and urged its adoption as a federal regulation. Industry also provided extensive financial and engineering manpower support to expedite the process. JPMA members are prepared to provide retailers with the compliant new inventory needed to meet expected customer demand.

    “Our members are currently selling cribs that meet the new Federal standard and parents will continue to enjoy a large selection of cribs in a range of price points,” said Dwyer.

    In 2010, JPMA launched a Safe Sleep website, http://www.cribsafetyorg. Through this portal, parents and caregivers can easily access a range of information pertaining to the final crib rule, how to create a safe sleep environment, as well as a series of informative videos demonstrating safe sleep practices.

    About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

    The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers. Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products.

    To find out more information about the JPMA Certification Program, the products certified and for a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit http://www.jpma.org. Follow JPMA on Twitter @JPMA, connect with JPMA on Facebook or on YouTube and visit http://www.jpma.org to learn more about additional safety tips and other JPMA initiatives.

    Contact: Linda Woody, Communications Manager, 856-642-4420, lwoody@ahint.com.

  2. So what this is saying is its illegal to resell ANY drop side crib, even ones that have been fixed using the recalled repair kit? Sorry im kinda confused… lol

  3. I really think we should have had the option to return these cribs that we can do nothing with now. This is absolutely ridiculous that we have this baby furniture that is useless and we can’t do a thing with it.

  4. No drop side crib is safe at all there is a reason the government has recalled these cribs acrosd united states amd canada. you can not sell them even if you have the recalled kit.

  5. charles sawdy | November 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm |

    I bought a very expensive Oak double drop side crib for my son when he was born. The reason they did the recall was the plastic parts that supported the siderails were cracking and breaking loose allowing the side rails to drop suddenly and sometimes trapping babies that had rolled over to the side of the bed.
    The bed I purchased does not have the plastic pieces on the sides it has nothing but steel components. So when the drop sided beds were outlawed there should have been some stipulations in place that excluded the all metal constructed drop side cribs. The first complaints were about babies getting their heads caught inbetween the slats on the side rails but my bed has slats that are 3 inches apart and no baby and I mean NO baby will ever get caught in this bed do to big box name stores failures……

  6. Boy you people are very ignorant maybe you can understand it this way as to why they recalled these cribs. Picture you laying YOUR son or daughter in a drop down crib that your so worried about not being able to do something with or spending tons on and that you go into the room and find your baby (god forbid) trapped in this crib and you lost him or her. NOW DO YOU WONDER STAND!!! Get a Brain!!!! It costs millions of dollars to do RECALLS and one of the Crib Manufactures went our of business because this recalled cost so much so I don’t think they would do this for no reason at all or just for a quick fix.

    • I’m not ignorant!! I have 3 grown children a grandchild and a nephew who all used my dropside crib and they are all perfectly fine!! Mine is as the lady above described and all metal, not plastic. Accidents happen in any type of furniture, including the now new cribs! Check it out, and you’ll see. The new cribs will probably be banned a few years down the road when they have something new to sell.

      • You’re an idiot.

        30 kids over a decade have died because of drop-side cribs. That’s 3 a year. Meanwhile, millions of other children managed to “survive” them just fine.

        If anyone here needs to “get a brain” it would be you.

        Go back to school and try to learn what statistical relevance means.

        • I challenge you to find an affordable crib manufactured in the USA. When the manufacture of cribs went to China, the plastic components (for the rails to raise and drop) came into use. As if made for dolls vs. Babies. In several cases (out of millions?) these plastic parts failed, resulting in blanket condemnation of all drop side cribs, regardless or origin or hardware type.

          Very few issues in this world are entirely black and white. Government regulations are no substitute for quality materials and common sense.

          These crib standards were not invented all at once; they came along gradually and US manufactures complied for as long as they could compete in the market. Trade policies and lower labor costs overseas had a part in creating this mess. Government protection can be a double-edged sword.

          Truly Immobilize a rail and it won’t drop. Check mattress fit; check width between slats; ditch the bumper pads. Don’t resell the crib, Obviously. Side rails can be cut to convert to a toddler bed, at which point it is no longer a crib of any sort, so problem solved for future generations.

          Statistically (since that has meaning for you), children are very much endangered by parents who never bother to read articles concerning safety. Don’t verbally attack those who do!

          Statistically, far more children die directly at the hands of people who have a hair trigger/short fuse. Don’t be one of them.

    • I think before JZ starts calling people ignorant, they need to learn how to use spell check. I almost needed a translator to interpret the reply to Sarah on December 26.

  7. CHRISTINE BARNES | January 23, 2013 at 1:47 am |

    i will in Clovis nm and their are people selling these on yrad sell site used and new store sell them i think more should be done

  8. I bought a drop side crib off craigslist today. I was not aware of all the issues. My youngest child is 6. So now I am out 50 dollars. I agree more should be done as I can not get a kit because company is closed.

  9. Im confused if its illegal to buy/sell then why do places still sale them IE: walmart or babies r us? Im in SC and untill a few mins ago i had no idea there was a recall because i see them all the time in stores. Im looking for a crib now for my 2nd child so i have seen alot of them. is the recall still in effect?

    • Walmart and Babies R Us do not sell drop side cribs… look online, there are none.

      • Billie Jean | May 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

        Yes.t they do sell them still. g.ho to the stores – they do not care – it is cheaper for Wal Mart to pay the fine than to give up the sale.

        • Another idiot heard from. Please never reproduce. The items are not sold any more. You’re a moron.

          • Mr. Casey Anderson | March 1, 2016 at 7:19 pm |


  10. I would like to know if anyone knows the year the iron baby
    crib was made> the one with drop sides & a hand held mirror
    design on head part of crib..would appreciate any info..I am aware of 3 generations rearing children in this crib-including my 5…tried to google w/o much luck???

  11. We had purchased a used drop down crib in 2009. In 2011 after learning about the potential danger, we removed the convenient front drop-down rail and replaced it with a non-movable lower safety rail, thus turning it into a day bed. My child ended up flipping the mattress over from leaning over too far………..he was upset but fine and never did that again. Now in 2016, I am removing the crib and will be taking it to the dump per the requirement of the CPSC. There are many memories between just assembling the crib prior to the arrival of the baby to carting it off. It is like saying “good-bye forever” to a good friend that has kept our child safe and secure.

    • You said exactly what I was thinking. Mine had been used for the past 8 years for both of my children. It feels so sad to just throw it out, but I would feel awful knowing I might put another child in danger. Thanks for putting into words how I was feeling about something so special to our family.

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