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In a statement issued Friday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is again warning parents and caretakers about the dangers associated with drop-side cribs.

In the last five years, CPSC has issued 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards.

CPSC is aware of 32 infant and toddler suffocation and strangulation deaths associated with drop-side cribs made by various manufacturers. The agency has received an additional 14 reports of infant fatalities due to entrapment, also related to drop-side cribs.

There will be new and improved mandatory federal standards for cribs this year, said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenebaum. Many manufacturers have already stopped making drop-sides in light of stricter regulations and a possible ban.

Read the CPSC News Release.

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