WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (5 to 0) today to approve proposed new mandatory standards to address the hazards posed by full-size and non-full-size cribs.
Serious safety hazards with cribs have ranged from drop-side hardware or other drop-side entrapment issues to failures of the mattress support and detachment or breakage of the crib slats. All of these defects can create hazardous gaps allowing a baby to become entrapped and suffocate or fall out of the crib.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) directs CPSC to issue mandatory safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. CPSC’s notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPR”) for cribs includes:
Through close collaboration with ASTM International, consumer groups, industry and other juvenile product experts, improved consensus standards were approved June 1, 2010, that incorporated key safety requirements recommended by CPSC staff. The ASTM standards and the proposed CPSC standards contain design requirements that essentially prohibit traditional drop sides (up and down movement of an entire side of the crib).
CPSC staff is working to finalize the proposed mandatory crib standards in 2010.
To see this release on CPSC’s web site, including links to CPSC Commissioner statements, please go to: