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Day-Care Centers, Hotels Must Replace All Cribs as U.S. Adopts Safety Rule

U.S. day-care centers and hotels will have to replace all cribs after a U.S. safety regulator approved what it called an unprecedented rule to prevent infant deaths and injuries.

The five-member Consumer Product Safety Commission was unanimous in a vote today to mandate sturdier cribs and ban the drop-side design, linked to at least 32 infant deaths from falls or strangulation since 2000. Commercial providers may pay $467.5 million to replace 935,000 cribs based on an average cost of $500 each, according to CPSC estimates.

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