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What you Need to Know about the New Federal Crib Safety Regulations
The New Rules
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently overhauled safety regulations for cribs. All childcare facilities, family child care homes, and places of public accommodation (such as hotels) must replace their old cribs with compliant cribs by the certification deadline of December 28, 2012.
There are five major factors changed in the new safety standards:
1. All traditional drop-sides are banned. Cribs with drop-sides can no longer be sold in the US. A moveable section of the crib’s side is still allowed for easier access to infants. Retrofitting will not make a drop-side crib compliant.
2. Stronger wood slats are required. Each individual slat must be capable of holding a load of 80 pounds without cracking or breaking. In short, they must be made of stronger wood.
3. Stronger crib hardware is required. Cribs must have anti-loosening devices to keep it from coming loose or falling off. Wood hardware is no longer allowed as a sole means of crib hardware.
4. More durable mattress supports are required.
5. More rigorous safety testing is required. Testing is conducted by third-party organizations that are approved by the federal government.
These regulations are consistent with ASTM voluntary standards which several crib makers were following prior to the new rule.
Who is Affected?
This rule affects three main groups: manufacturers, daycare/childcare centers, and places of public accommodation.
Manufacturers were required to meet the new standards in June of 2011. All cribs sold in the US now are required to be fully compliant with the new regulations.
Childcare centers and places of public accommodation must meet the new standard by December of 2012. This means they must replace all of their existing cribs with complaint cribs.
Parents are NOT required to replace their cribs. However, they may not purchase or resell non-compliant cribs as of June 2011.