And it only took 30 years and lots of dead children to get here.
New Safety Rules for Cribs - Makers Scramble and Retailers Fume - NYTimes.com
“After dozens of babies had tragically been entrapped and died, and millions of defective cribs had been recalled, the actions of this commission to ensure the swift movement to market of only safer cribs undoubtedly was justified,” she said in a statement.
Mr. Vieira, the Massachusetts retailer, said his complaint was not with the regulation.
“It’s certainly a good thing we are making cribs better,” he said. “We didn’t have a problem with the regulation. We have a problem with how it was implemented.”
The retailers’ complaints, however qualified, have received little sympathy from parents whose children have died in cribs.
“You can’t tell the safety of a crib by looking at it, and you certainly can’t maintain its safety because it met weak industry standards in place prior to 2010,” three sets of parents wrote in an open letter to the industry. “Those that killed our sons also met those same inadequate standards.”
The new crib standards were the first major revisions in 30 years and were approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission after years of agitation by advocacy groups, parents of children who had been killed and news organizations, particularly The Chicago Tribune. Since 2007, the safety commission has recalled more than 11 million cribs, 10 million of which had drop sides. (Manufacturers voluntarily stopped making drop-side cribs two years ago.)