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.
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