A study points out that in the past year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has had a slue of recalls for cribs that are both drop-sided and non-drop sided and they have been manufactured all over the world, including the United States.
Investigators in The Bronx and Brooklyn are questioning why products for such a vulnerable group aren’t tested properly. “Why should children’s lives be at risk,” One salesman asks and adds, “Where is product testing when it comes to infants’ and children’s furniture? Why is it taking so long for companies to define, adopt and implement standards of excellence that prevent dangerous children’s furniture from reaching the marketplace at all?”
He sights examples from several manufacturers including Graco in April of 2010, who recalled 217,000 drop-side cribs. The company had received nearly 100 reports of the cribs hardware coming undone and six reports of children falling out of the crib when it came undone. The cribs were manufactured in China and VietNam cost families between $140 and $200.