CPSC Announces Sweeping Ban on Cribs with Drop-Side Rails

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In a major consumer product-safety development, the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC", www.CPSC.gov) today unanimously voted to ban the manufacture, import and re-sale in the United Sates of cribs with a drop-side rail. The new federal standards will go into effect no latter than June 2011.

The drop-side design cribs have been linked to at least 32 infant deaths since 2000. Drop-side cribs allow one side to be raised or lowered on tracks, providing parents with easier access to the bed. However, infants can suffocate or be strangled when the hardware fails and a side detaches, creating a gap.

In addition to banning cribs with drop-side rails, the new federal guidelines will result in cribs with tighter fittings and more durable sides and mattress supports. In addition, tougher tests will be used to simulate wear over time.

Wal-Mart, Babies 'R' Us, Target Corp., J.C. Penney Co., Burlington and BuyBuyBaby are the six largest U.S. crib retailers, while LaJobi, a subsidiary of Kid Brands Inc., and Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. are two of the biggest U.S. crib makers according to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association ("JPMA").

For more information on the CPSC's ban on cribs with drop-side rails or on any import customs compliance matter, please contact:

Richard Abbey, rabbey@milchev.com, 202-626-5901

Daniel Wendt, dwendt@milchev.com, 202-626-5898

Saskia F. Zandieh, szandieh@milchev.com, 202-626-5560

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