According to the Associated Press, the government took the move “after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls.”
This means that beginning in June, all cribs sold in the USA must have static or non-moving side rails. However, manufacturers and retailers have already been phasing out these cribs . . . most major chain stores now only sell static-side cribs.
The law would also ban childcare centers and hotels from using drop-side cribs—however, there is a two-year grace period.
There are millions of drop-side cribs in homes, attics and second-hand stores. Should you junk your drop-side crib and get a new one? Yes, we believe that would be the safest course. Even if you check the hardware, it is still possible for the hardware to fail or for the crib to be mis-assembled.