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Steve Chiotakis: There is a major rush to get baby cribs with the drop-down sides off the market. That’s after the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a major recall yesterday. One public official on Long Island, New York, is so concerned about these cribs that he’ll sign legislation today banning them from stores. Marketplace’s Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Nancy Marshall Gezner: Wayne Horsley is a legislator in Suffolk County, New York. His bill will become law today. It bans the sale of drop-down cribs in the county. Horsley sponsored the legislation after hearing horror stories from parents.
Wayne Horsley: One of the couples that lost a child that spoke to me told me that they would rather have their baby in a cardboard box than to have them in a drop-side crib.
The Crib Manufacturers’ Trade Association says 20 percent of cribs sold in the U.S. have a drop-down side. The association says they’re perfectly safe, as long as they’re assembled and maintained properly.
But Allison Bajracharya isn’t taking any chances. She says her 8-month-old daughter will get a new crib if her current crib is recalled.
Allison Bajracharya: She has a tendency to kick and do all sorts of things. And my imagination could lead to the worst possible outcomes.
In Washington, I’m Nancy Marshall Genzer for Marketplace.
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