CPSC Sets New Standards for Toddler Beds

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved new standards for toddler beds Thursday to address safety concerns.

Under the new guidelines, the upper edge of the guardrail must be at least five inches above the mattress and the testing of spindle/slat strength must be consistent with what is currently required for crib spindles/slats.

Additionally, separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds.  According to the CPSC, there have been 122 incidents from 2005 through 2010 related to toddler beds, including four deaths and 43 injuries.

The guidelines will go into effect approximately six months from their forthcoming publication in the Federal Register. Cribs that convert into toddler beds also must comply with the new standards, a result of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which requires the commission to issue a mandatory standard for toddler beds, as well as other durable infant and toddler products.

The CPSC has already issued new mandatory standards for cribs, infant walkers and infant bath seats, the most notable change, of course, being the http://www.mainstreet.com/article/family/kids/us-bans-drop-side-cribs-after-fatalities ban it placed on notoriously dangerous drop-side cribs in December.

As we have reported previously, these changes have led to an increase of recalls on children’s products in recent years, demonstrating the positive impact the CPSC has had on children’s product safety, according to industry groups.

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