New safety standards for cribs went into effect on June 28, 2011. In addition to a ban on the traditional drop-side, there are new requirements for stronger slats, hardware and mattress supports, as well as new rules for more rigorous testing. We previously wrote about what to do if you own a drop-side crib that has not been recalled, and I shared my thoughts on the drop-side ban on my personal blog back in July 2010 when the new rules were proposed.
Yet, if WeMakeItSafer in-boxes over the past few weeks are any indication, the new crib rules are more confusing to consumers than ever. Here are the most common questions (and answers) along with a list of which cribs are recalled:
Are all cribs that don’t meet the new safety standards recalled?
No. Cribs sold prior to June 28, 2011 are not automatically recalled. Companies that already recalled their cribs generally did so because either a safety defect was discovered, or the cribs violated the previous set of standards. Cribs that were made and sold prior to June 28th could still be recalled in the future if they are found to violate the rules previously in effect. Cribs sold after June 28th, will be recalled if they are found to violate the new set of safety standards.
Can I sell my old crib in a yard sale or on eBay?
No. Even if your crib has not been recalled, and therefore does not fall under the “illegal to sell recalled products” law, it is also now illegal to sell any crib that does not meet the new safety standards.
What if it my crib does not have a drop-side, or the drop-side is fit with an immobilizer, then can I sell it?
No. If your crib was manufactured before June 28, 2011, it is highly unlikely that it meets ALL the new standards, and it is illegal to sell it if it doesn’t.
Can manufacturers still provide immobilizer kits for drop-sides, or do they have to replace my old, drop-side crib with a new crib that meets the new safety requirements?
Manufactures can still provide immobilizer kits for older-model cribs; however, they cannot sell drop-side cribs, even with immobilizers installed. In addition, if a manufacturer must replace an older crib – due to a warranty claim or because of an offer made as part of a recall remedy, for example – the manufacturer must replace the crib with one that meets all of the new safety standards.
Can I continue to use my old crib?
Yes-BUT it is not advised. If you choose to use a crib that does not meet current safety standards, please take every possible precaution. For example, review instruction sheets/manuals, check hardware frequently and contact the crib manufacturer for a drop-side immobilizer, if necessary.
Which cribs are recalled?
In most cases, if your baby crib has been recalled, the manufacturer will provide a free remedy to fix the problem that caused the recall. Do note, however, that recall remedies for older cribs are unlikely to make the crib compliant with the new, more stringent crib safety standards. Nonetheless, it is definitely a good idea to seek the remedy option unless you have decided to dispose of the crib and get a new one.
The WeMakeItSafer Recall Gallery lets you browse through images of recalled products by product type, including a section dedicated to children’s product recalls, with kids’ bedroom furnishings and, even more specifically, cribs. The first page of results is pasted below with the most recent crib recalls in 2011. To see cribs recalled in 2010 or earlier, click “See All” below.
2011 Baby Crib Recalls: