New Safety Requirements for Cribs
Beginning June 28, 2011, all cribs sold in the United States must meet new federal safety requirements.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it's unlikely that existing cribs will meet the new standards. A fact which could leave many parents feeling anxious about the safety of their child's bed.
"Many parents are unaware of the new crib requirements," said Jim Savage, manager of the Kohl's Safety Center in American Family Children's Hospital. "Essentially most of the cribs manufactured before December 2010 are not compliant with the new guidelines."
The five new federal safety requirements include:
- Traditional drop-sided cribs will no longer be made or sold
- Wood slats will be made of stronger woods
- Crib hardware must have anti-loosening devices
- Mattress supports must be more durable
- Safety testing must be more rigorous
For parents that continue to use their existing crib, they are encouraged to check the crib frequently to make sure that all hardware is secured tightly.
Child care facilities, including in-home providers, and even hotels and motels have until December 28, 2012, to ensure the cribs they provide comply with the federal standards.
Parents whose little ones have outgrown the crib should also note that they will no longer be able to donate or sell a crib that does not meet the new requirements.
"It can seem overwhelming," said Savage of the new guidelines, "but the CPSC provides resources for parents to help explain the new guidelines, and what they can do about them."
The CPSC website offers a series of questions and answers that can help parents figure out what the new regulations mean for them, which is available on CPSC.gov. Parents can also speak with staff at the Kohl's Safety Center for help in understanding the new safety requirements.
Date Published: 06/21/2011