Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Crib Safety Standards

Crib manufacturers, retailers, and distributors are about to make a big change. As of June 28, 2011, new crib standards are taking effect to prevent deadly hazards that have previously accompanied drop-side rail cribs. 

New crib standards will require more durable hardware and parts, and will require cribs to be tested more rigorously. Simply immobilizing current cribs is not enough to make it compliant with new standards, and you cannot tell a crib's compliance by looking at it.  

If you've got a crib or purchase one before June 28th, check the crib often to make sure that it is secure. You can also ask for proof that a crib is safe. To do this, make sure that your crib has a label attached with the date of manufacure, and ask for a Certificate of Compliance from the manufacterer or retailer. This should include:
  • A description of the product
  • Give the full name and contact information for the manufacturer
  • Identify the rule that it complies with (16 CFR 1219 or 1220)
  • Give the name and contact information for the testing lab and records keeper
  • Give the place and date that the crib was made and tested
By December 28, 2012, chile care facilities will required to house only cribs that meet the new standards.

For more information on specific crib standards and answers to FAQ, visit: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2011/03/the-new-crib-standard-questions-and-answers/ 

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