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Tough Safety Standards for Cribs Going into Effect
Express Times ^ | 6/28/11 | AP

Posted on 06/28/2011 8:33:47 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

Beginning today, a new generation of cribs, designed to be safer, will be the only ones approved for sale — in stores, online, and even at neighborhood yard sales.

Ushering in one of the most significant changes in child safety in decades, the rule taking effect this week bans the manufacture, sale and resale of drop-side cribs.

Drop-sides have a side rail that can be raised and lowered to allow parents to more easily place or lift a baby, but they have been blamed in the deaths of several dozen children.

Another significant part of the new federal standard mandates more rigorous safety tests for children’s cribs before they hit the market.

Drop-side cribs have been around for decades. But they have increasingly come under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching.

That can create a dangerous “V”-like gap with the mattress in which a baby can get caught and suffocate.

Drop-sides are blamed in the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 and suspected in about a dozen other infant fatalities. Since 2007, more than 9 million drop-sides have been recalled including cribs from Evenflo and Pottery Barn Kids.

The end of drop-side cribs marks a long-awaited day for Susan Cirigliano, who lost her 6-month-old son, Bobby, when his drop-side slid off the tracks in 2004, trapping his head and neck between the mattress and the malfunctioning side rail.

He suffocated.

While drop-side cribs will no longer be made or sold, they are still being used in homes across the nation.

The industry says drop-sides that haven’t been recalled can be used safely as long as they are properly assembled and maintained to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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1 posted on 06/28/2011 8:33:50 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

So if an “unapproved” crib is offered at a yard sale, I assume Mom and Pop will be thrown to the ground, handcuffed, imprisoned for a few days and fined the value of their home?? Wouldn’t exactly be a surprise, would it!


2 posted on 06/28/2011 8:36:48 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Oldpuppymax

I thought the same thing


3 posted on 06/28/2011 8:37:56 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

No offence to Mrs. Cirigliano, but her baby’s death is not a reason to slap diapers on the entire rest of the country.


4 posted on 06/28/2011 8:39:10 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

With so many killer cribs lurking out there and no nanny-state to control them — up until now, thank goodness — it’s simply amazing that the population of the earth somehow reached six billion souls.


5 posted on 06/28/2011 8:39:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

They seem to issue new stadards every couple of years. What? Are cribs the leading cause of death in this country? Is there a problem that desperately needs a solution?


6 posted on 06/28/2011 8:40:48 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Oldpuppymax
So if an “unapproved” crib is offered at a yard sale, I assume Mom and Pop will be thrown to the ground, handcuffed, imprisoned for a few days and fined the value of their home?? Wouldn’t exactly be a surprise, would it!

Honestly, I know this *may* have been intended as hyperbole, but I can see just that sort of thing happening with our out of control government.

7 posted on 06/28/2011 8:43:22 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
My heart goes out to this mother and all those who lost their children in these cribs. That being said, I find the fact that less than fifty deaths out of literally MILLIONS of cribs could even warrant a hearing in Congress much less a new industry changing law.

No governmant can mandate risk away! This is nanny statism to the max.

8 posted on 06/28/2011 8:43:40 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

All this from a government which will lock you up for protesting the “retail” [there is not enough profit in “wholesale”] slaughter of babies in the womb.

A time of reckoning is coming.


9 posted on 06/28/2011 8:43:58 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
The industry says drop-sides that haven’t been recalled can be used safely as long as they are properly assembled and maintained to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Did you hear that Susan? Because you are a dim bulb, and too stupid to assemble a crib. The rest of us are going to be treated like criminals. I dropped a pretty penny on my kids crib and was planning on selling it since she stopped using it this spring. Looks like I would have an easier time selling crack on the street corner than getting some money out of this dreaded crib thanks to these unfit parents.

10 posted on 06/28/2011 8:46:46 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Blue Jays
There is a television program called MTV Cribs which is likely a show that is dedicated to this very serious issue facing our society.


11 posted on 06/28/2011 8:48:52 AM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
You can be sure that some crib manufacturer paid off some Washington swells to grant him a baby-crib monopoly.
12 posted on 06/28/2011 8:49:43 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Going beyond the details on this specific new set of regulations, here is yet another example of fiat regulations by the “Consumer Product Safety Commission”, as opposed to real legislation. There needs to be a BIG PUSH to de-regulate the economy to get it fully functional, and the candidates should be “educating” us about how they will go about unleashing the private sector.


13 posted on 06/28/2011 8:50:35 AM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Jim from C-Town
I find the fact that less than fifty deaths out of literally MILLIONS of cribs could even warrant a hearing in Congress much less a new industry changing law.

Back around 1980 or so, when AIDS came on the scene, some folks had crazy ideas:

Crazy Idea #1: Close the bath houses where men had promiscuous anonymous sex.
Crazy Idea #2: Mandatory testing of the partners of homosexuals with AIDS as a public health measure (we test married couples for syphilis).
Crazy Idea #3: Quarantine AIDS patients and keep them away from the general population.

These ideas would have saved many thousands of lives. But the Left opposed them all. They were all intrusive. They were all homophobic. They were all ideas of Hate.

But cribs? Sure! Let's put new laws in place! We could save 50 lives!!!!

14 posted on 06/28/2011 8:53:05 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Drop-sides are blamed in the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 and suspected in about a dozen other infant fatalities ---

My condolences for those 30 infants and toddlers that died. All in all, a small number of deaths compared to the total population.
Having said that, what about the 'abortion mills' that murder with impunity on a daily basis?

15 posted on 06/28/2011 9:00:27 AM PDT by Bockscar (Thanks to the Freeper dogcaller for this tag line: --Muslims do not immigrate; they colonize--)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“No governmant can mandate risk away!”

No. You are wrong. It is the imperial federal government’s job to ensure there are no risks to anything. All will be perfect once they are done. You will experience a new life free from any type of physical or mental harm. And so it is written........


16 posted on 06/28/2011 9:04:50 AM PDT by animal172 (Does anyone even remember the USA of old?)
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To: Bockscar
what about the 'abortion mills' that murder with impunity on a daily basis?

Excellent question...

17 posted on 06/28/2011 9:04:50 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: C210N
Going beyond the details on this specific new set of regulations, here is yet another example of fiat regulations by the “Consumer Product Safety Commission”, as opposed to real legislation.

Good point...

18 posted on 06/28/2011 9:06:01 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Lazlo in PA
I dropped a pretty penny on my kids crib and was planning on selling it since she stopped using it this spring.

I've got two in my house at this very moment.

19 posted on 06/28/2011 9:07:33 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Question 1:

Where in the constitution does it say a federal government agency can prevent me from selling a piece of my personal property, assuming the transaction is local and not crossing state lines?

Question 2:

If the answer to number 1 is they can. What is to prevent them from preventing any and all individual resale transactions on the grounds that forcing customers to buy only new items from stores is good for the economy?

20 posted on 06/28/2011 9:08:06 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Oldpuppymax
So if an “unapproved” crib is offered at a yard sale, I assume Mom and Pop will be thrown to the ground, handcuffed, imprisoned for a few days and fined the value of their home??

Yes, how will they enforce the yard sale provision...

21 posted on 06/28/2011 9:09:12 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: neverdem

Ping


22 posted on 06/28/2011 9:10:43 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: apillar
If the answer to number 1 is they can. What is to prevent them from preventing any and all individual resale transactions on the grounds that forcing customers to buy only new items from stores is good for the economy?

Big brother hates private resale because they don't get their cut (sales tax)

23 posted on 06/28/2011 9:12:04 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I wonder if any children are going to die because the parents drop them trying to haul them over the top of a crib they can’t let down.

More likely, babies will die when the parents figure out ways to put the mattress closer to the top of the railings, so they can lift the kids out.

I had a drop-down crib, and I maintained it, and it never malfunctioned.


24 posted on 06/28/2011 9:12:57 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
More likely, babies will die when the parents figure out ways to put the mattress closer to the top of the railings, so they can lift the kids out.

Horrible thought, but I'm sure you're right. Ever since the govt. said tots had to go in the back seat, some parents forgot they were there and left them in the heat.

25 posted on 06/28/2011 9:15:52 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I have one at my house as well. I asked my husband how a grandmother of my size (5’1”)was expected to put a sleeping one year old into the crib with a set-in-place side. At this age the mattress is at the lowest level. His answer was “well you just reach over and drop him in”. Just another unintended consequence I guess.


26 posted on 06/28/2011 9:16:23 AM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Oldpuppymax

A few thoughts. We have a drop side crib with flimsy plastic ‘stays’ for the rail. They often fail and would drop the rail about a foot. The only entrapment was with their legs as it usually occured when one was standing and leaning on the rail. I just consider the crib a poc, not a danger.

I can’t imagine how a baby’s head could be pushed down or in between the rail and matress to cause suffocation. Sounds like BS and tort lawyers blaming SIDs on a known ‘faulty’ piece of the crib.

We’re going to be selling our poc crib soon so I am worried about the civil liability angle. I plan to address this with two well-placed deck screws.


27 posted on 06/28/2011 9:16:56 AM PDT by Justa
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

so no more “here take my old one” now you have to buy a new one.

what about the craftman custome order types?


28 posted on 06/28/2011 9:23:00 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

And what if you just give a crib away? Are you allowed to do that?


29 posted on 06/28/2011 9:23:25 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ClearCase_guy

sales.

follow the money.

by mandating new sales the manufacturers have a constant market, government has a flow of sales taxes, and chinese slaves have work...


30 posted on 06/28/2011 9:26:33 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Probably only until you are discovered.

Seriously, though - I like the idea of installing two obvious brass screws (prettier than deck screws). Point them out to the buyer, tell him that the choice is his, and that this makes your used crib better than the new (zero decision) crib.


31 posted on 06/28/2011 9:31:41 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: apillar
A (standing) decision of the Supreme Court that might just come close to the damage done by Roe v. Wade:

Wickard v. Filburn, 317 U.S. 111 (1942), dealt with the power of the federal government to regulate interstate economic activity. A farmer, Roscoe Filburn, was growing wheat for on-farm consumption. The U.S. government established limits on wheat production based on acreage owned by a farmer, in order to drive up wheat prices during the Great Depression, and Filburn was growing more than the limits permitted. Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it.

The Supreme Court, interpreting the United States Constitution's Commerce Clause under Article 1 Section 8 decided that, because Filburn's wheat growing activities reduced the amount of wheat he would buy for chicken feed on the open market, and because wheat was traded nationally, Filburn's production of more wheat than he was allotted was affecting interstate commerce, and so could be regulated by the federal government.

32 posted on 06/28/2011 9:43:15 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

How did the USA ever survive the First Great Depression, WWII, rebuild Europe, win the Cold War, become the world’s economic powerhouse and put a man on the moon using slide rules and vacuum tubes when generations of uncaring parents put their babies to sleep in these killing machines?

It’s a wonder and a miracle that mankind survived this long without the federal government to tell us when to put helmets on, where to sleep, what to eat and how to move from place to place!


33 posted on 06/28/2011 9:43:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I raised two children and working on three grand daughters never once having a problem with a drop-side crib (the girls have already graduated to big-girl beds). This country is filled with p*ssies.


34 posted on 06/28/2011 9:44:44 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“Yes, how will they enforce the yard sale provision... “

SWAT.


35 posted on 06/28/2011 9:45:59 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Lazlo in PA
Looks like I would have an easier time selling crack on the street corner than getting some money out of this dreaded crib thanks to these unfit parents.

Sell it as "collectible memorabilia".


36 posted on 06/28/2011 9:48:01 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I have a drop side crib, using it right now for my 6 week old daughter. It has never malfunctioned. I will continue to use it until she is old enough for a toddler bed. Then I will either convert it into a toddler bed, or convert it into a full size headboard for my son and my daughter can move into his old toddler bed. The government can butt the hell out!


37 posted on 06/28/2011 9:49:06 AM PDT by Tatze (I reject your reality and substitute my own!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

When I was born, we were so poor we didn’t have a crib. They put me in a DRAWER!

And when I cried too much they just shoved the drawer back into the dresser.

JUST KIDDING about shoving the drawer into the dresser.

I WAS placed in a drawer, however, as a newborn.

THERE ARE MORE BABIES KILLED BY ‘BOYFRIENDS’ THAN BY CRIBS. WHEN is NannyState going to address THAT issue?


38 posted on 06/28/2011 9:56:58 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (I am a Catholic, A US Citizen, A Patriot, A TEA Partier, An Oath Keeper, A Voter, An Auburn Fan!)
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To: Iron Munro
Sell it as "collectible memorabilia".

I guess I will pull all the banned stuff out of the attic for the "memorabilia" sale. If I am going to get arrested, I will go big.


39 posted on 06/28/2011 9:58:49 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Yep along with all of the toys nd clothjing that the child safety law imposed earlier this year that can’t be resold anymore without the safety testing tag from the labs.Fine is upwards of $100,000.


40 posted on 06/28/2011 10:00:31 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Jim from C-Town

IMHO probably most of them were from the crib not being put together right and fewer for failure of the latches which most likely the parents saw when they stuck but kept using them anyway. You are right this is too much especailly when most were cases because someone didn’t put the crib together the way i should’ve been.


41 posted on 06/28/2011 10:03:29 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Jim from C-Town

Of the cribs that did fail, were they of flimsy design in the first place? The feature of being able to remove or drop a side was a great boon to mothers who would otherwise have to lift a wriggly infant over the side and into a conventional crib, or back out — how many injury accidents were avoided by the removable side? Instead of a dropping side, how about a side that swings outward and only then can be slid beneath the bed? (Oh, some stupid parent or baby sitter would try to lay the baby on the extended side, and the unit would tip over, and lawsuit city... you can’t outsmart stupid.)


42 posted on 06/28/2011 10:21:01 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“more than 30 infants and toddlers since 2000 “

Roughly THREE EACH YEAR!?!?!?!

For comparison:

“The National Weather Service publication Storm Data recorded a total of 449 deaths from lightning strikes between 1998 and 2008. According to the National Weather Service, lightning causes an average of 62 deaths and 300 injuries in the United States each year.”

http://www.infoplease.com/science/weather/lightning-deaths.html

Guess it is time we have a government mandate requiring us to all carry portable lightening rods...


43 posted on 06/28/2011 10:23:07 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Looks like a bunch of liberal crib-making want rules written against traditional crib-makers to help them break into the market.


44 posted on 06/28/2011 10:24:17 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: Siena Dreaming
Follow the money.

Once everyone in the world had a working color television set the tv manufacturers realized the only way to keep the factories going was the mandate of all new radically different sets incompatible withthe old system.Money greased palms,and so it was put into law.

Right now they are doing the same with light bulbs.

The government and corporate interests don't allow the free market to work because the results might not feed the desired fascist future.

45 posted on 06/28/2011 10:45:51 AM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

if any gubbermint spies show up at my yard sale that crib won’t be the only thing in my yard with a collapsed side...


46 posted on 06/28/2011 10:57:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ScoopAmma

I have a wonderful crib — it seems if you spend more money on them and don’t buy them at Wal-Mart, the rail works better.

The one I have has a bar that I can release with my foot, so that I can ever so gently put the baby in the crib without letting go with my hands, and it’s so quiet and smooth I can put the side up again. The cheaper cribs are impossible to latch, I discovered from experience.

Dropping the baby in wouldn’t work for me - they woke up every time.


47 posted on 06/28/2011 3:40:45 PM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: Lazlo in PA

Those lawn darts have lead tips!

Don’t let the EPA see them unless you want to end up in a FEMA re-education camp for the summer.


48 posted on 06/28/2011 11:49:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Bockscar
what about the 'abortion mills' that murder with impunity on a daily basis?

UNITED STATES ABORTION STATISTICS:

DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO FAULTY CRIBS:


49 posted on 06/29/2011 12:06:10 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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