The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted unanimously to approve a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bedside sleepers.
A bedside sleeper is a bassinet-type product that is secured to an adult bed, has fabric or hard sides and may have a lower side adjacent to the adult mattress. A bedside sleeper is intended to provide a sleeping environment for an infant up to approximately 5 months of age or when a child begins to push up on his or her hands or knees.
The new federal standard incorporates by reference, the voluntary standard (ATSM F2906-13), Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers, and requires bedside sleepers to comply with recent modifications required for bassinets in federal standard 16 C.F.R., part 1218.
The new standard also includes two recent modifications to the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) voluntary standard to address fabric-sided enclosed opening entrapment hazards and consumer assembly errors when components are missing.
From January 2001 to May 2013, the CPSC received a total of 27 product-related safety incident reports associated with bedside sleepers. These incident reports include four fatalities that occurred between 2007 and 2009, which were associated with fabric-sided openings on the products.
In the past 5 years, the Commission has approved new stringent federal safety standards for children's products, including full-size cribs, non-full-size cribs, play yards, baby walkers, baby bath seats, children's portable bed rails, toddler beds, infant swings, bassinets and cradles, and hand-held infant carriers.
The effective date for the mandatory bedside sleeper standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.