US to ban drop-side baby cots

The US is to ban drop-side baby cots after more than 30 infants and toddlers have died in the over the last 10 years.

Its Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to end the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cots, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child out.

Drop-side cots have come under scrutiny in recent years because of malfunctioning hardware, sometimes cheaper plastics, or assembly problems that can lead to the drop-side rail partially detaching from the crib.

That can create a dangerous “V”-like gap between the mattress and side rail where a baby can get caught and suffocate or strangle.

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