WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously approved (5-0) a new mandatory standard to improve the safety of toddler beds. The new federal standard builds upon the ASTM voluntary standard for toddler beds (F1821-09) and adds additional protections to prevent injuries to children.
The new federal standard requires the following:
- The upper edge of the guardrail must be at least five inches above the toddler bed's mattress.
- Spindle/slat strength testing for toddler beds must be consistent with the testing required for crib spindles/slats.
- Separate warning labels to address entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds.
CPSC is aware of 122 incidents from 2005 through 2010, including four deaths and 43 injuries associated with toddler beds.
Cribs that convert into toddler beds also must comply with the new federal standard for toddler beds. The mandatory standard goes into effect six months after publication in the Federal Register for toddler beds manufactured or imported on or after that date.
Congress, as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, required the Commission to issue a mandatory standard for toddler beds, as well as other durable infant and toddler products. In addition to toddler beds, CPSC has issued mandatory standards for cribs, infant walkers and infant bath seats.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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