New Crib Safety Standards Information
The new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) crib standards have been published. The new standards were officially recorded in the Federal Register on December 28, 2010. Consumers must replace all noncompliant cribs by December 28, 2012. These standards currently do not allow for “retrofits” of existing cribs.
This new CPSC standards stipulate an outright ban of all drop side cribs as well as incorporating other new, mandatory standards for non-drop side (fixed side) cribs (see below). As long as you check your cribs and ascertain that they are working properly, you may continue to use them until December 28, 2012.
The new standards include:
- The elimination of traditional “drop side” mechanisms.
- Improvement to structural integrity of crib slats with a corresponding new test to pass.
- Increased severity vertical mattress impact test to pass.
- Horizontal cyclic test to pass.
- Elimination of wood screws from key structural elements.
- Reduction of toehold exposure.
- Marking and labeling improvements.
According to CPSC, no permanent retrofit kit or other “fix” will address all seven of the points covered under the new standards.
When purchasing cribs, you should request a certificate of compliance. The certificate of compliance must state that the crib meets the new standards set out in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) - either 16 CFR 1219 (for a full size crib) or 16 CFR 1220 (for a compact-size crib).
Certain metal “day care” cribs are not under CPSC jurisdiction but fall under regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) if the crib manufacturer is registered with the FDA. Hard Manufacturing is registered with the FDA so their hospital grade cribs are not subject to the new CPSC standards.
In addition, CPSC has ruled that all churches will be included under these new standards, including the drop-side crib ban, even if the church does not have a licensed child care facility.
Reynolds offers the solutions you need to get ready for these new crib standards. For a free copy of the new standards or for a free consultation, call 1-800-588-4031.