Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
New federal standards will begin to govern play yards, sometimes called play pens, starting February 28, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced. The new standards are part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, or “Danny’s Law,” named for a Chicago child who was killed in 1998 when a previously recalled play yard in which he was napping collapsed, suffocating him.
According to the CPSC, play yards that meet the new safety standard must have:
- Side rails that do not form a sharp V when the product is folded. This prevents a child from strangling in the side rail.
- Stronger corner brackets to prevent sharp-edged cracks and to prevent a side-rail collapse.
- Sturdier mattress attachments to the play yard floor to prevent children from getting trapped or hurt.
See below for a CPSC poster detailing the new regulations.
Image via CPSC
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to approve a new set of mandatory safety standards for infant swings in which a powered mechanism drives the motion of the swing. The move was in response to more than 350 incidents involving swings reported between May of 2011 and May of 2012, two of which resulted in infant fatalities.
Among the new recommendations:
- a stronger, more explicit warning label to prevent slump-over deaths. The warning advises consumers to use a swing in the most reclined position until an infant is 4 months old and can hold up its head without help;
- a stability test that prevents the swing from tipping over;
- a test that prevents unintentional folding;
- tests on restraint systems, which are intended to prevent slippage and breakage of the restraints during use;
- the cradle swing surface to remain relatively flat, while in motion, and while at rest;
- electrically-powered swings to be designed to prevent battery leakage and overheating.;
- toy mobiles to be designed to ensure that toys do not detach when pulled;
- swings with seats angles greater than 50 degrees to have shoulder strap restraints; and
- dynamic and static load requirements to ensure that the infant swing can handle specified loads without breaking.
The new standards take effect May 7, 2013.
Image: Infant swing, via Shutterstock