CPSC issues new toddler bed standards

April 14, 2011 10:46:48 AM PDT
Consumer Product Safety Commission announced new standards for toddler beds to help prevent injuries to children.

The new federal standard approved by the CPSC builds upon voluntary standards for toddler beds 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 knows of 122 incidents from January 1995 through December 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 takes effect in about six months.

    A law enacted in 2008 requires the CPSC to issue a mandatory standard for toddler beds, as well as other durable infant and toddler products. Mandatory standards for cribs, infant walkers and infant bath seats have already been issued.

    ONLINE: www.cpsc.gov