Lawmaker Proposing Total Ban on Drop-Side Cribs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A New York senator is planning to introduce legislation this week that would outlaw the manufacture, sale and resale of all drop-side cribs. They'd also be banned from day-care centers and hotels.

Kirsten Gillibrand was joined at a news conference in New York on Sunday by the families of two babies who died in accidents involving the cribs.

More than seven million of the cribs have been recalled in the past five years. But the industry insists that babies are safe in drop-sides that haven't been recalled.

When the hardware for the crib malfunctions, the drop-side rail can partially detach. That creates a dangerous gap between the mattress and side rail, where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

It's happened to at least 32 infants and toddlers in the past decade. The cribs are suspected in an additional 14 fatalities.

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