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Dwyer says manufacturers have seen cases where parents installed the drop-side improperly, sometimes upside down, or they have reassembled a crib for a second or third child with some of the screws or other hardware missing.
In addition to the CPSC's pledge to vote on a ban by year's end, two New York counties -- Nassau and Suffolk, on Long Island -- have banned the sale of drop-sides.
Late last year, crib manufacturers were already moving in that direction when they voted to eliminate the drop-side design and instead opt for four fixed sides, but the standard is a voluntary one.
Despite the industry's move to end production, there are plenty of new and used drop-side cribs for sale online. The Associated Press found drop-sides for purchase on websites for Sears, Kmart and Amazon.com. Craigslist also had scores of used drop-side cribs for sale.
The industry doesn't have figures on how many drop-sides might still be on the market, but Dwyer says it's a small percentage.
A ban -- by Congress or the CPSC -- won't come soon enough for Bobby Cirigliano's parents or his sister, Jennifer, who was 3 years old when her brother died. She remembers him every day, her parents say. When the family moved to their new house on Long Island, her dad promised to build her a tree house.
"I want it as high as the sky," she told her dad, "because then I can see my little brother."
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association: http://www.jpma.org/
CPSC crib information:
House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing: http://tinyurl.com/23nz82g
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