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After dozens of deaths, drop-side cribs banned

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A move by government could help parents sleep a little better at night.

Found to have caused more than 30 deaths, the government is now banning drop-side cribs.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to stop the manufacture, sale and re-sale of the cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib.

Around for decades, drop-side cribs 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. When that happens, it 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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