a baby sleeping in a crib

New Federal Safety Standards for Cribs

Every parent wants to purchase and use the safest equipment for their children. As such, many parents will do thorough research on the products they intend to buy for their children’s use and, when they decide what to get, trust that the products on the market are safe for their kids.

This, unfortunately, is not always the case.

Crib Bans and New Safety Standards

A review conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) discovered that 32 infants and toddlers died from suffocation and strangulation between 2000 and 2010 due to drop-side cribs.

Regulators learned that the retractable sides of these cribs would become detached, often due to improper installation, which in turn was caused by incorrect or confusing directions supplied with the cribs.

This sad scenario is a perfect example that product defects do not have to be in the physical design of the product; rather, confusing or inaccurate directions can be just as dangerous.

As a result of this situation, new safety standards have banned the sale or use of drop-side cribs. There are also new requirements, including:

  • Strengthening crib slats and mattress supports

  • Enhancing the quality of hardware

  • Conducting better testing of the cribs

We Can Help You Seek Justice Against Product Liability

If your family has been impacted by a crib defect, our Los Angeles product liability attorneys are here to help.

At Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation, we focus on product liability cases, and we have a record of proven experience and success in prosecuting these claims. We’re prepared to help you seek justice in the wake of a tragedy.

Contact us today at (866) 884-1717 to schedule a free consultation with our team.