Big news from the CPSC today: they are making a couple of procedural changes to the safety testing protocols for both full-size and compact cribs!
Actually, I think this huge announcement--accompanied as it is by statements from each of the three CPSC commissioners--is just an excuse to remind folks that this is the year the agency and ASTM will introduce new crib standards that will "essentially prohibit traditional drop sides (up and down movement of an entire side of the crib)."
I'd hate to be a used crib dealer in 2011, let me tell you.
UPDATE: Alright, this is a big deal. It took DT commenter Scott to point it out. What the CPSC announced is not just some minor-sounding changes about whether you retighten all the crib hardware between each phase of the safety testing process.
It's this: that the proposed rulemaking for full-size cribs includes "a standard for full-size cribs that is substantially the same as ASTM F 1169-10," which IS the new ASTM standard, PLUS the testing procedure modifications. And the non-full-size crib proposal, too, is based on the newly developed ASTM standard, but it's got even stricter modifications.
So the freshly negotiated [as of June 1], voluntary consensus standard is being adopted as the new mandatory federal standard. Which is a big deal.
Maybe the title of this post should be, "CPSC Takes Its Job, Balls, Back From JPMA."