Stores Can No Longer Sell Drop-side Cribs

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Nurseries across the country are a little more safer today as stores can no longer sell drop-side cribs, which have been blamed for a number for infant deaths.

Regulators are confident this new law will save lives.

It's one of the most important purchases for soon to be parents -- a baby's crib. But for the Cirigliano family that purchase turned into a death trap.

Their six-month-old son suffocated while sleeping in his drop-side crib.

"He was stuck between the mattress and a side rail with his face pressed up against the mattress," explained Susan Cirigliano, the boy's mother.

"The thing was there were never any warnings about these cribs and after doing some research, we found that a lot of these cribs had caused injuries and deaths," Robert Cirigliano, the boy's father, said.

Drop-side cribs have been blamed for more than 30 infant deaths in the last 10 years.

The list of safety problems with the cribs is long. The side lowers to give easier access to the baby. But safety hazards occur when parts break or if the crib is assembled wrong.

Nine million of these cribs were recently recalled. By the end of June, they are outlawed.

"The hardware can crack. A depression is made in the bed, and the baby's head gets caught in that depression and the baby can strangle and die," said Ann Brown, the former chairman of the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

The CPSC now bans the manufacture and sale of drop-side cribs. In fact, it's illegal to sell one in a yard sale or on Craigslist.

The new mandate also requires rigorous safety tests on cribs before they hit store shelves.

"Whether it's through a store -- no daycare center, no child center, no hospital will be able to have drop-side cribs," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said.

Daycare centers and hotels have until December 2012 to comply with the new rules. It will likely take years to phase out all the drop-side cribs in homes across the country, which means many babies will continue to sleep in cribs with a potentially fatal flaw.

"Get them out of your homes. Children are dying every day. Every time we wait another day to have these cribs removed from the market another child is in jeopardy," Susan Cirigliano said.

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