The federal government has finally made the call to ban drop-side cribs.
Beginning at the end of this year (December 29), selling, importing, manufacturing or advertising drop-side cribs will be prohibited. They’re already been outlawed in America, and are scarcely available in Canada as is.
“When parents tuck their kids in at night, they should have confidence that they will be safe and sound. These new Regulations will further strengthen safety requirements for cribs, cradles and bassinets, and better protect infants and young children,” said Jane Philpott, Minister of Health.
Health Canada noted that they’re still around, mostly due to second-hand stores, and garage sales.
The government says it does know of at least one death, one concussion and eight reports of bumps, scrapes and bruises associated with the dangerous cribs (January 2000-May 2016). They also received 94 other reports, non-injury related.
“Choosing the right crib, cradle or bassinet is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your baby sleeps safely. The new Regulations further strengthen Canada’s requirements for these products, giving parents and caregivers additional assurance of the quality of children’s products available on the market,” says Louise Logan, President and CEO of Parachute Canada.
Drop-side cribs have been under scrutiny for years, such as a 24,000 crib recall in 2010, and other issues with crib bumpers and accessories.
The new stipulations include new standards and test methods for accessories used with cribs and cradles.