Infant deaths, injuries and a series of recalls have prompted crib makers to propose a ban on drop-side cribs.
Members of a committee that sets industry standards for cribs say the proposal would end production of drop-side cribs. These are cribs that have at least one side that moves up and down in order to more easily pick up and lay down a baby. Under the proposal, all cribs would be required to have four immovable sides.
Several more votes on the proposal would be necessary before the ban could go into effect and approval could take months.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least three children have died in drop-side cribs in the last 18 months and there have been five recalls involving more than three million cribs.
For years, consumer advocates have complained about drop-side cribs because the drop-side can detach, creating a dangerous gap that can entrap and suffocate infants.