Consumer Product Safety Commission Sets New Standards For Toddler Beds.

by Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC on April 21, 2011

in Buffalo Defective Products - Product Liability

Buffalo parents concerned about the possibility of a toddler suffering a personal injury from an improperly designed crib of bed can rest a little easier.  This month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the unanimous approval of a new set of standards designed to make toddler beds safer.  These new standards are mandatory for toddler beds sold in the United States.

These new standards require that the following protections be included on all toddler beds in addition to the regulations previously in place:

    · The top of the bed’s guardrail must be at least five inches above the mattress.
    · Toddler beds must undergo spindle/slat strength testing consistent with the testing already required for spindles/slats on cribs.
    · Separate warning labels addressing the possibility of entrapment and strangulation must be placed on toddler beds.

Cribs that can convert into toddler beds are also required to comply with these new standards.  The new standards will take effect six months after publication in the Federal Register.  They apply to toddler beds manufactured or imported into the United States.

These changes were instituted for the purpose of reducing the risk of personal injury to toddlers.  If your child has suffered an injury from a defective product, we would be happy to help you.  We can be reached at 716-542-5444.

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