A new generation of safer cribs should now be for sale in retail stores across the country. On June 28, 2011, anyone that manufactures or sells baby cribs is required to meet new and improved crib safety standards approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on December 15, 2010. The Commission voted last month to extend the length of time that short-term crib rental companies have to comply with the new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs.
This extension gives crib rental companies until December 28, 2012 to update their inventory with compliant cribs, which is the same deadline for the public accommodation facilities that these companies serve. When the Commission approved the new rules in 2010, child care facilities, such as family child care homes and infant Head Start centers, and places of public accommodation, such as hotels and motels, were given until December 28, 2012 to have compliant cribs in their facilities. Today’s vote by the Commission does not change the requirements on manufacturers or retailers of cribs.
The Commission also voted last month against granting an extension for retailers to comply with the new crib safety requirements. In turn, the Commission will continue to require companies that manufacture or sell cribs in the United States to comply with the new federal safety standards effective June 28, 2011. Federal mandatory crib standards had not been updated in nearly 30 years and the new rule will usher in a safer generation of cribs. These mandatory standards will:
• stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs;
• make mattress supports stronger;
• improve slat strength;
• make crib hardware more durable; and
• make safety testing more rigorous.
The new safety standards aim to keep children safer in their cribs and prevent deaths resulting from detaching crib drop-sides and faulty or defective hardware. These crib standards were mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). For more information on crib safety and safe sleep environments for baby, visit CPSC’s crib information center at: www.cpsc.gov/cribs.
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