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Drop-side cribs to be banned due to safety risks

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Lyndsey Layton:

They've been a fixture in millions of American homes since the 1940s, used by parents, then passed down to friends and relations. But the federal government is moving to ban drop-side cribs, saying the nursery furniture with a movable side poses lethal dangers to children.
By the end of this year, it will no longer be legal to sell a drop-side crib. And places of public accommodation -- day-care centers and hotels -- will be prohibited from using them, federal officials said. Under rules now being developed, violators would face a range of penalties, from an order to stop use to criminal sanctions for repeat offenders.
Drop-side cribs -- which have one side that lowers to allow caregivers easy access to a baby or a toddler -- have caused at least 32 infant deaths in this country since 2000, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Fourteen other fatalities could be related to drop-side cribs, but investigators lacked information to make a clear link, according to agency officials.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 21, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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