After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs outlawed

WASHINGTON (AP/WECT) – The government is outlawing drop-side cribs after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade.

The cribs were originally designed to help parents easily lift babies out of bed, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission says they are dangerous and deadly.

The CPSC voted unanimously to ban the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cribs.  Families who still have the crib can keep it if they choose; they just can't sell it.

Melissa and Andy Green are parents of four who live in the Monkey Junction area of Wilmington. Their youngest son, Levi, sleeps in a drop-side crib. All three of his older siblings slept in the same kind of crib, too.

The Greens say they've never had a problem.

However, numerous product recalls over the last several years have prompted at least one local store not to take any chances.

"Basically, we just saw it coming," said Vikki Cook, the manager of Once Upon a Child on New Centre Drive.

She decided to stop taking any drop-side cribs into the store several months ago after the string of recalls.

"Most of the time people are pretty surprised when we say we stopped taking them, because they've never had any issues," said Cook.

Still, the store wanted to be pro-active in ending the sale of the cribs--something that proved to be worthwhile now that every store in the nation will have to follow suit.

Copyright 2010 WECT. All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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