MINNEAPOLIS -- Tougher safety standards went into effect on Tuesday for cribs. One of the most significant changes is the ban on making, selling or reselling drop side cribs.
At Once Upon a Child in Maple Grove, there's not a crib to be seen. Owner Dawn Rehbein hasn't sold them for 3 years. She said it was too risky.
She said, "We could kind of see the writing on the wall. There had been a few drop side issues."
Now after many recalls on drop side cribs, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is implementing new federal safety standards for all cribs. Not only are drop sides no longer allowed, crib slats, mattress supports and hardware all must be stronger and more durable.
That means cribs manufactured before July 23, 2010 do not meet the new standards, even with drop sides immobilized. Cribs manufactured within the last year may or may not meet the standards. But all cribs built as of Tuesday must meet new standards.
Dr. Ron Furnival, director of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital welcomes the change. He said, "Hopefully this will reduce the number of children who are injured. This has been a big problem for a long time. There was recently a study that showed 9,000 children were treated each year for injuries related to cribs."
Not only is it now illegal to resell cribs that do not meet the new standards in stores. They can't be sold by individuals at garage sales or online either. A check of Craigslist on Tuesday still showed new postings of cribs for sale. If any of the cribs sell it will likely be an illegal transaction.
Emma Weber has a crib her two year old just grew out of. It's now sitting in her garage. So what should she and other parents do with these cribs?
Rehbein echoed what the CPSC is saying. She said, "Disassemble them and discard them."
Weber said, "That's probably what we're going to do, just bring it to the dump."
For some it may be tough to toss something that cost so much. But the CPSC says you should not donate old cribs either. They say they belong in the trash.
The CPSC does say if you have an old crib and can't afford to buy a new one, it recommends you tighten all hardware and make sure the drop side is immobilized. If you have more questions, click here for answers from the CPSC.
There is still some time for hotels, foster homes and day care centers to comply. They have until December 2012 to purchase new cribs that meet the new safety standards.
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