Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dropside cribs prove too dangerous?

The Fullsize Crib Sub-committee of ASTM International, which sets voluntary standards for crib makers, voted this week on a new standard portion that would not allow current dropside crib designs. Dropside hardware failures on cribs have been linked to many recalls as well as injuries and deaths. The new standard, which has yet to be approved by the larger ASTM group, would require all four sides of a crib to be fixed permanently to the crib, while still allowing a small top portion of the side to fold down to make access to the child easier.

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