New government standards on folding cribs

June 28, 2012 11:45:29 AM PDT
New government standards will help you to make sure your baby's crib is safe.

These rules apply to the folding pack and play cribs.

They've caused more than 60 deaths in the last 5 years.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission now says every crib has to be tested to make sure it meets the new safety requirements.

The rule goes into effect in December.

The mandatory federal standard's requirements for play yards include:

  • Stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over
  • Latch and lock mechanisms need to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is being used
  • Entrapment tests for attachments so a child's head does not get trapped while a bassinet or other accessory is attached
  • Requires floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity
  • Tests to prevent play yard floor entrapment
  • Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of the play yard on their own
  • A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head/neck entrapments

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