NH DHHS - New Safety Standards for Cribs Announced

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) is letting residents know that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing that new safety standards for cribs are now in effect. The new standards include stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional, drop side cribs. There are also new crib standards which will ensure that mattress supports are stonger, that crib hardware is more durable, and that crib safety testing is more rigorous.

According to the CPSC, drop side crib rails detaching have been associated with at least 32 infant deaths since 2000. Also gaps may form between the crib mattress and the drop side rails, due to improper assembly, wear, or malfunction of the crib.

“These new standards are an important part of ensuring that our youngest citizens are safe,” said Dr. José Montero, Public Health Director at DPHS. “This, along with putting infants to sleep on their backs, should put many parents’ minds at ease.”

For more information, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov .