News CPSC bans ALL drop-side cribs

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lorismurph

Senior Community Member
So technically, we are all supposed to replace our cribs? That's nuts! Mine is old but meets the standards as far as spacing and such. I have an older Child Craft. The way the side drops is such that it cannot break or fail, leaving a deadly gap for a child to be trapped in. Why can they not go back to that style?
There is a hole in the top & bottom of each side rail and a metal bar runs through the holes. That metal bar screws into the end of the crib. The side drops by sliding up & down on that bar. I really see no possible way for it to fail and I'm sure not planning to replace my crib.
 
So technically, we are all supposed to replace our cribs? That's nuts! Mine is old but meets the standards as far as spacing and such. I have an older Child Craft. The way the side drops is such that it cannot break or fail, leaving a deadly gap for a child to be trapped in. Why can they not go back to that style?
There is a hole in the top & bottom of each side rail and a metal bar runs through the holes. That metal bar screws into the end of the crib. The side drops by sliding up & down on that bar. I really see no possible way for it to fail and I'm sure not planning to replace my crib.

Mine is the same way, 19 years old it is. I think part of the problem is that it was cheaper to use the plastic parts they started to use. I think even back 19 years ago my crib was close to 200 dollars.

These cribs that were failing with the plastic parts were as little as 80-100, correct?
 

cheerbop

New member
So I am supposed to get a new crib now? Mine was hand made (with drop sides) by an Amish man in our area 14 years ago. It is beautiful!!
 

christineka

New member
I still maintain that mine is safe to use, though I don't think it will be used. (Just because dd is a co sleeper. I intend to move her straight to a regular bed and skip the crib.)
 

rachelandtyke

Well-known member
Yeah, I have a drop side that is not recalled.

Don't think they can make us replace them, but can keep them from being made and sold . . .
 

momto3girls

Senior Community Member
I have a drop side crib that's almost 7 years old. My mom bought it for my first dd from walmart. It hasn't been recalled yet either. Yes it has plastic parts. There's no way I'm buying another crib now. We're done having kids.
 

vonfirmath

New member
My drop side (which was recalled) was $550. Quite a bit more than $80-100. ANd the whole recall thing seems to be about "You might put it together wrong so let's turn it into a stationary side crib instead"

I keep wondering when they are going to start looking at backyard play structures and realize how many of those might be put together wrong and thus cause injuries.
 

Maedze

New member
My 350 dollar drop side crib was assembled correctly and could definitely malfunction in the way described. The recall is a very good thing.
 

ketchupqueen

CPST and ketchup snob
Staff member
So, next year, it will be illegal to re-sell your drop-side crib even if it is one of the older, well-made ones that have had no malfunctions, right?
 

Cryssy Jane

New member
So, next year, it will be illegal to re-sell your drop-side crib even if it is one of the older, well-made ones that have had no malfunctions, right?

that's what it sounds like.

I have two mini cribs that have drop sides... neither one has been recalled... although that is a pretty big expense for me (being daycare), although I've already replaced two cribs this year (from drop side to fixed side) because I thought something like this was going to happen. Now I'll have to either sell the other two to help fund or come up with a large amount of money...hmmm. My licensor is not very good at keeping up with recalls and such, she only takes a tape measure to measure the distance between the slats.
 

aeormsby

New member
So, next year, it will be illegal to re-sell your drop-side crib even if it is one of the older, well-made ones that have had no malfunctions, right?

I think some of the manufacturer's were sending out kits to basically disable the drop side. Our crib has never been on the recall list, but on their website they had kits available so I ordered one (we're using it as a toddler bed now and won't be using it as a crib again, but I wanted it so I can pass it on/sell it when we're done with it).
 
My drop side (which was recalled) was $550. Quite a bit more than $80-100. ANd the whole recall thing seems to be about "You might put it together wrong so let's turn it into a stationary side crib instead"

I keep wondering when they are going to start looking at backyard play structures and realize how many of those might be put together wrong and thus cause injuries.

My 350 dollar drop side crib was assembled correctly and could definitely malfunction in the way described. The recall is a very good thing.

I think some of the manufacturer's were sending out kits to basically disable the drop side. Our crib has never been on the recall list, but on their website they had kits available so I ordered one (we're using it as a toddler bed now and won't be using it as a crib again, but I wanted it so I can pass it on/sell it when we're done with it).

Oh, Geez, please don't come down on me for my statement! There are 2 issues with the origional recalled cribs, as I can remember. 1, there were some that were not put together correctly, which led to child injury or death, and 2, ones that had faulty plastic parts, that with little pressure, caused the parts to fail, and caused injury and death.

I think the reason the origional recall was so wide, is that many of the cribs were available at walmart for cheap, and BRU, for not so cheap. Now, if you had a more expensive almost all wood crib, with the plastic parts, I can see it costing more money. There are so many that bought the walmart special, though.

Please, don't flame me again. I am quite tired of it when it comes to the fact that I will still use my drop side with the metal parts, as I am confident it will not fail in this way, and my kids spend most of their first 5 years in my bed anyway.

Meant to add, most of the recall kits were to disable the dropside, as far as I can remember.
 

Calleiah

Active member
Mine is 30+ years old with all metal fixtures. It's FAR more likely that any of my more current baby gear with plastic will fail than this 30 year old, solid wood and metal fixtured bed. Im happy to see them be proactive in protecting consumers and kids, but jeeze, banning ALL drop sides? Thats way over kill when you consider that metal fixtured drop sides do exist. How about all drop sides with plastic components? Makes a lot more sense to me than just blanket banning all of them.
:twocents:
 

SuzaBanana

New member
I have to say that I'm kind of surprised that there's so much push-back on a car seat safety board! I think this is a long time coming and shudder at the thought of a baby sleeping in something with moving parts. :twocents:
 

zeo2ski

New member
I have to say that I'm kind of surprised that there's so much push-back on a car seat safety board!

Exactly my thoughts. 3 point harnesses and overhead shields weren't ALL recalled for specific failures, we just know now there's a much better way to do it and so 3 points and OHS are no longer made. I don't see any difference in the crib issue.

The older metal rail drop side cribs don't have the same malfunctions, and that's wonderful. But they do have their own malfunctions. I used one from my neighbor for DS1 for a few months. Went to move the crib across the room and it must have twisted slightly and the rail just dropped. Then we tested it out and just leaning on one corner of it was enough to twist and drop.

After that we got stationary side cribs and love them.

My parents kept our (then expensive) crib from the early 80's and by 1993 I witnessed the rail dropping if you bumped it wrong, even the cat crawling under the crib could bump the release and drop it.
 

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