In 2010 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission approved, in a unanimous vote, to mandate new safety standards for crib manufactures. At that time the short-term rental companies were granted a year to purchase new cribs. Today, the commission voted to grant an extension to December 28th, 2011 for all short term rental agencies. This is the same date granted to all public accommodation, such as hotels and motels. The vote today does not grant an extension for all manufacturers and retailers of cribs.They must still comply with the effective date of June 28, 2011 for the new federal safety standards.
The following lists the NEW mandatory standards to increase safety:
- Stop the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs
- Make mattress supports stronger
- Improve slat strength
- Make crib hardware more durable
- Make safety testing more rigorous
The safety testing on the cribs in the past did not mimic those of a stronger baby. The new tests will more closely mimic a child in a crib. As children get older, they can apply more force to the crib by shaking on the railing, running around in it, jumping up and down. The new tests aim to make sure the cribs can take that kind of pressure.
CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum hailed the new standard for cribs as one of the strongest in the world.
"I believe these new standards will markedly reduce crib-related hazards and help to ensure that young children sleep more safely in their cribs," Tenenbaum said after the vote in 2010.
For more information on crib safety please visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.