After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

The government is outlawing drop-side cribsafter the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the pastdecade.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously toban the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cribs, which have aside rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easilylift their child from the crib.

Around for decades, drop-side cribs have come under scrutiny inrecent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaperplastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side railpartially detaching from the crib. When that happens, it can createa dangerous "V"-like gap between the mattress and side rail wherea baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

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