CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Bassinets and Cradles


From the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) website:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To prevent deaths and injuries to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bassinets and cradles.  The vote was 4 to 1.

The new federal standard incorporates provisions in the voluntary standard (ASTM F2194-13), Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles. CPSC staff recommended five modifications to F2194-13 standard. These modifications address risks not adequately covered by the voluntary standard. The modifications include:

      1. a clarification of the scope of the bassinet/cradle standard;
      2. a change to the pass/fail criterion for the mattress flatness test;
      3. an exemption from the mattress flatness requirement for bassinets that are less than 15 inches across;
      4. the addition of a removable bassinet bed stability requirement; and
      5. a change to the stability test procedure, requiring the use of a newborn CAMI dummy rather than an infant CAMI dummy.

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