WASHINGTON- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed prohibiting the sale of padded, pillow-like crib bumpers it says fail to meet minimum air flow requirements.
The announcement was of a new federal safety standard for crib bumpers that the CPSC voted unanimously on last week.
This mandatory safety standard would effectively replace the current voluntary ASTM standard for crib bumpers with more stringent requirements aimed at reducing the risk of injury and death to infants, the CPSC said.
It said the most notable change would be to propose new bumpers that allow for minimum airflow similar to mesh liners.
This would prevent incidents including suffocation that occurs when infants roll against the crib bumper and become caught between the bumper and the mattress. Such incidents of suffocation also can occur when the pillow-like surface of the bumper completely obstructs an infant’s mouth and nose.
In addition, the proposed rule would reduce the allowable crib bumper thickness to under 2 inches and also would add a firmness requirement for crib bumpers. There are also new labeling requirements that are part of the new standard.
The CPSC is now seeking comments on the proposal. For more details click here to view the Federal Register announcement regarding the changes.
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