Drop-side cribs on the way out?

Drop-side cribs may soon be a thing of the past.

The cribs, which have a side rail that moves up and down, are blamed in the deaths of at least 32 infants or toddlers since 2000 who suffocated or were strangled in a drop-side crib.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, plans to outline legislation Sunday to outlaw the manufacture, sale and resale of all drop-side cribs and ban them from day-care centers and hotels.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has pledged to ban them, but it could be several months into 2011 before that becomes effective.

Gillibrand hopes her bill will accelerate efforts for a ban, either in Congress or by the CPSC.

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