Do Your Cribs Meet New Mandatory Safety Standards?

We know that safety is a top concern when it comes to daycare and nursery furniture, so our goal is to provide you with the latest safety information, and, more importantly, products that meet strict regulations and are safe for use.

In an effort to eliminate hidden hazards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has instituted new guidelines for all cribs due to safety concerns of non-fixed cribs. Starting next Tuesday, June 28, it will be illegal to sell a crib with sides that drop down or those that do not pass strict tests measuring the durability of slats and mattress supports.

Here’s a quick, simple breakdown of these new guidelines.

What are these new guidelines?

The new crib standards will:

  • Stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs;
  • Make mattress supports stronger;
  • Make crib hardware more durable; and
  • Make safety testing more rigorous

So what does this mean?

Effective June, 28 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards.

Childcare facilities and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, will be banned from using non-compliant cribs after December 28, 2012. This means that all cribs currently in use in these facilities will have to be replaced with compliant cribs by that date. The new rules usher in a historic change: It will make it illegal to sell nearly all used cribs since few second-hand cribs will meet the tougher standards. Parents will be allowed to resell cribs that are compliant with the new safety rules, but it will likely take years for many of those to hit the second-hand market.

Where can I find cribs that meet these new guidelines?

We’ve taken the time to make sure all our cribs meet the new crib guidelines from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM. Check out our selection of high-quality infant cribs and nursery furniture by Whitney Brothers, Foundations, Angeles and more. And if you need accessories like sheets and blankets, we have those, too.

Do you still sell the old cribs?

No, we no longer have cribs on our website that do not comply with the new guidelines. Rest assured that all of our cribs are 100 percent compliant with the new CPSC regulations and are safe for use.

Important Dates You Should Know

December 17, 2010 – The CPSC voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for both full-size and non full-size cribs. If you purchased cribs prior to this date, there’s a good chance your cribs will NOT comply with the new regulations.

June 28, 2011 – All cribs sold by manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, etc. will have to meet the new standards.

December 28, 2011 – All childcare facilities, family child care homes, and hotels and places of public accommodation such as hotels and motels must have compliant cribs.

For more information on crib safety, check out the CPSC Crib Information Center site.

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One Response to “Do Your Cribs Meet New Mandatory Safety Standards?”

  1. TinaJuly 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    This is good to know. My kids are older now, 7 & 10 years old. I still have their old crib and of course it has the drop down rails. I’m still hoping to be able to pass my crib along to someone who needs it but will be sure they know of the compliance.