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Crib Safety

See: http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html


March 4, 2011

The New Crib Standards

Since CPSC approved a new crib rule, your questions have been flowing into us. While most questions have revolved around the drop side, it’s important for you to know that the new standard affects far more than the drop side. The new rules require crib’s mattress support, slats 2 3/8 in gap, one finger gap beside mattress,  and hardware are now required to be more durable and no drop side rails.  

The new rules, which apply to full-size and non full-size cribs, prohibit the manufacture or sale of traditional drop-side rail cribs, strengthen crib slats and mattress supports, slats with 2 3/8 inch gaps, one finger gap beside mattress and rail, improve the quality of hardware and require more rigorous testing. The details of the rule are available on CPSC’s website at www.cpsc.gov/businfo/frnotices/fr11/cribfinal.pdf

Beginning on June 28, 2011, all cribs sold in the United States must meet the new federal requirements. After that date, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell, garage sale, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet, offer, provide for use, or otherwise place in the stream of commerce a crib that does not comply with the CPSC’s new standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs. This includes manufacturers, retail stores, Internet retailers, resale shops, auction sites, garage sales, and consumers.

As a consumer, what can I do if I have a drop-side crib?  Some drop-side crib manufacturers have immobilizers that fit their cribs. Drop-side crib immobilizers are devices that are used to secure drop sides to prevent dangerous situations in which the drop-side either partially or fully separates from the crib. As part of a recall, CPSC staff works with companies to provide fixes, or remedies, for products. For drop-side cribs, that remedy has been immobilizers.  These immobilizers were evaluated and approved by CPSC staff for use with these particular drop-side cribs.  If your drop-side crib has not been recalled, you can call the manufacturer and ask if they are making an immobilizer for your crib. Remember, though, that those particular immobilizers have not been tested or evaluated by CPSC staff for use with your specific crib.

Note that a drop side crib, even with an immobilizer installed, will not meet the new CPSC crib standards.

Crib Recalls


Generation 2 "SafetyCraft" Brand Drop-Side Cribs

Land of Nod Status Furniture "Rosebud" Drop-Side Cribs

Heritage Collection 3-in-1 Drop-Side Cribs sold at Kmart

Longwood Forest/Angel Line Drop-Side Cribs

Ethan Allen Drop-Side Cribs

Child Craft Fixed-Side Cribs

Child Craft Drop-Side Cribs

Delta Drop-Side Cribs

Evenflo Drop-Side Cribs

Jardine Drop-Side Cribs

LaJobi Drop-Side Cribs

Million Dollar Baby Drop-Side Cribs

Simmons Drop-Side Cribs

C&T International / Sorelle Recalls Cribs Due to Strangulation and Suffocation Hazards

Delta Drop-Side Cribs

Dorel Asia Drop-Side and Fixed-Side Cribs

Generation 2 and "ChildESIGNS" Full-Size and Portable Drop-Side Cribs

Jardine Cribs Sold by Babies 'R' Us

Simplicity Cribs, Bassinets and Play Yards

Stork Craft Cribs

Graco®-Branded Drop Side Cribs Made by LaJobi Recalled Due to Entrapment and Suffocation Hazards

Simplicity Cribs Recalled by Retailers; Mattress-Support Collapse Can Cause Suffocation and Strangulation