Safer Crib Standards Are Officially In Effect
Safe baby cribs have become mandatory thanks to the new guideline put into affect by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Yesterday marked the official day where distributors, manufacturers and retailers must abide by the new standards. The CPSC’s new and improved full-size and non-full-size crib standards are the most stringent crib safety standards in the world. Some of the new rules include:
- Stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs
- Strengthening mattress supports and crib slats
- Requiring crib hardware to be more durable
- Making safety testing more rigorous
Since 2007, CPSC has recalled more than 11 million dangerous cribs, with drop-side cribs with detaching side rails associated with at least 32 infant suffocation and strangulation deaths since 2000. The additional deaths were due to defective or faulty crib hardware. These new standards aim to prevent these tragedies and keep children safer in their cribs.
“Starting on December 28, 2012, child care facilities, including family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, as well as places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, and rental companies must use only cribs that comply with the new crib standards.”
The update to the old crib standards has been sorely needed for quite some time as they have not gone through any sort of major revision for over 30 years!
For more information on crib safety and the most up-to-date information on how to create a safe sleep environment for your baby, visit CPSC’s crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/cribs.