Do you know if your baby sleeps in a safe crib? The Injury Prevention Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is reminding parents there is nothing more important than keeping children safe while they sleep.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 14,600 children were injured from cribs or crib mattresses in the United States in 2009. In recent years, millions of cribs have been recalled due to safety concerns. Drop-side cribs with faulty mechanisms have been the culprit of many of these recalls.
Beginning June 28, all cribs sold in the United States must meet the following new federal requirements for overall crib safety:
• Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits not allowed.
• Wood slats must be made of stronger woods to prevent breakage.
• Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off.
• Mattress supports must be more durable.
• Safety testing must be more rigorous.
For more information, visit www.cpsc.gov or call 1-800-638-2772.