In a four to zero vote, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) passed new mandatory safety standards to improve play yards and help prevent deaths and injuries to children. The new requirements include provisions that were previously a part of the voluntary standards set forth in ASTM F 406-12a. The new mandatory guidelines include:
- A stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over.
- Latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is being used.
- Entrapment tests for attachments so a child’s head does not get trapped while a bassinet or other accessory is attached.
- Floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children from getting trapped by the play yard floor.
- Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of the play yard on their own.
- A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head or neck entrapments.
In the period between November 2007 and December 2011, more than two thousand incidents involving play yards were reported with 170 children injured and 60 killed. The new rules will go into effect six months after they are published in the Federal Register.
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