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CPSC Requires Crib Labeling

Release Date: October 06, 2011

Baby cribs manufactured in accordance with new mandatory Federal safety regulations must be conspicuously labeled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

All full size baby cribs introduced into interstate commerce after January 31, 1974, are required to comply with safety requirements designed to protect infants from the dangers of strangulation, suffocation, falls, and various hazards.

"Consumers need to be able to identify cribs which meet the new safety specifications since cribs manufactured before the effective date which do not meet the crib standard may still be found for sale," the Commission said. "Affirmative labeling will assist consumers to make knowledgeable choices."

The labeling regulation requires manufacturers to attach a label to each crib and retail carton, stating that the crib meets applicable CPSC regulations. The labeling provision is mandatory for two years.

For crib safety information and tips on how to make an old crib safer, write to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, D.C. 20207, or telephone the toll-free hotline (800) 638-2772.

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