Last week, the Consumer Products Safety Commission voted unanimously to pass strict new mandatory standards for cribs (full-size and non-full-size). This update is the first in nearly 30 years and is much needed because the CPSC has recalled more than 11 million cribs since 2007! The biggest change is the ban of drop-side cribs because which Detaching drop-side rails were associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000.
From the CPSC
Once they become effective, the mandatory crib standards will: (1) stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs; (2) make mattress supports stronger; (3) make crib hardware more durable; and (4) make safety testing more rigorous.
Effective June 2011, cribs manufactured, sold, or leased in the United States must comply with the new federal standards. Effective 24 months after the rule is published, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, must have compliant cribs in their facilities.
Crib Safety Information
The CPSC has a very informative and helpful page dedicated to crib safety. The Crib Information Center has advice on how to put your baby to bed safely and information on crib and sleep positioner recalls. There is also more detailed information on the dangers of traditional drop-side cribs, including sample photographs that are frightening to any mom.
You can check this (rather long) list to find if your crib has been recalled.