On December 15, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to approve new mandatory safety standards for cribs. Starting this month, all importers, distributors, manufacturers, and retailers must adhere to the safety standards and offer consumers only cribs that comply with the CPSC regulations. By the end of 2012, all childcare facilities, hotels, motels, and rental companies must use only cribs that meet the new safety requirements as well.
Since 2007, the CPSC has recalled more than 11 million cribs for some kind of safety hazard. Cribs with drop-sides and detaching side rails have been linked to at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. Additionally, there have been deaths associated with defective crib hardware.