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9:34 AM, Jun 30, 2011   |    comments
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New federal rules went into effect Tuesday banning the use of drop-side infant cribs.

The cribs were meant to help parents get babies in and out of bed. but the consumer product safety commission banned them last year because experts said malfunctioning hardware or assembly problems can cause The drop-side rail to detach and create a gap between the rail and the mattress -- where babies can get stuck and suffocate.

The cribs have been linked to dozens of infant deaths over the past 10 years.

Daycare centers and hotels have until 2013 to replace their drop-side cribs.

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