Thousands of Cribs Headed to the Dump Unless Federal Agency Delays Regulation

Rob Bluey /

Upwards of 20,000 cribs are destined for the garbage dump later this month unless a federal consumer safety agency moves the deadline for selling the merchandise at a meeting today.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission gave retailers six months to sell their inventory of cribs after new rules took effect in December, but the economic downturn has made moving the merchandise more difficult than expected. The result is a June 28 deadline that could result in thousands of unused cribs being destroyed and sent to landfills.

The inventory of cribs is not considered unsafe, a hazard to children or subject to recall. They simply don’t meet the CPSC’s latest safety test. Congress mandated the agency implement the regulation, but let CPSC commissioners come up with the date retailers must comply.