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Drop-side cribs still available in stores

ALTHOUGH the United States will stop selling drop-side cribs, which have the potential to injure babies, they are still sold in Shanghai.

The US government outlawed drop-side cribs after the deaths of more than 30 infants and toddlers in the past decade and millions of recalls. The country will ban the manufacture, sale and resale of the cribs, which have a side rail that slides up and down, allowing parents to more easily lift their child from the crib, The Associated Press reported earlier.

China has no regulations on drop-side cribs.

Yesterday Shanghai Daily found that drop-side cribs sell well at leading maternity and baby stores. At Good Baby Baby Appliances in Baodaxiang Department Store on Nanjing Road E., only one drop-side crib was in stock as the others had been sold, shop assistants said.

However, some parents aren't aware such cribs could be a threat to their baby.

"I think these cribs are rather convenient," said Zhang Qian, a mother of a one-year-old boy. "I just find the products save my energy."

Although the city's consumers' rights watchdog has received few complaints about such cribs, they warned parents the drop-side rail may loosen over time and that it could trap a baby between the rail and headboard.

"The US government's action is a good reference," said Chen Min, director of the complaint department of the Shanghai Commission of Consumers' Rights and Interests Protection. "We hope that authorities making standards consider improving the cribs."


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