The new ban will likely take effect by June 2011, and will prohibit any drop-side cribs from being manufactured or sold.
In addition to eliminating drop-side cribs from the marketplace, the CPSC also voted on new regulations for the quality and durability of the wood, hardware, and mattress supports used in crib manufacturing--standards that will render many cribs in the country as not up to code.
Although drop-side cribs have been around for decades, more than 9 million have been recalled since 2007, according to the CPSC. Malfunctioning hardware and poor assembly can cause the drop-side to fall and create a dangerous gap that infants and toddlers can fall into and become stuck. In some cases, children have died from suffocation and strangulation.