New Rules Regarding Safety Standards For Bassinets and Cradles To Be Issued By The Consumer Product Safety Commission

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA, Pub. L. 110-314) was enacted on August 14, 2008. Section 104(b) of the CPSIA, part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. The Act requires the CPSC to promulgate a mandatory standard for bassinets and cradles. The Commission is adopting the ASTM F2194-13 standards with five modifications or additions that will address a variety of known hazard patterns, including suffocation and positional asphyxia. (The ASTM F2194-13 standards are available here.)

ASTM F2194, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles, establishes safety performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to minimize the hazards associated with the use of bassinets and cradles. ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, and build consumer confidence.

The modifications to ASTM F2194-13 will include: 1) clarification/modifications of the scope of ASTM F2194 to include multimode combination products; 2) changes to the stability testing procedures; 3) additional requirements and testing procedures for removable bassinet beds; 4) additional requirements and testing standards for mattress flatness; and 5) an exemption to the mattress flatness requirements for bassinets that are less than 15 inches across. A full detailed review of these modifications is available on the CPSC website.

The new rules will be gradually implemented over time commencing on April 23, 2014, with all rules being fully effective by April 23, 2015.