CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Swings
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously approved a new federal mandatory safety standard to improve the safety of infant swings to prevent injuries and deaths to children.
Infant swings are stationary juvenile products with a frame and powered mechanism that enables an infant to swing in a seated position. An infant swing is intended for use with infants from birth until a child is able to sit up unassisted. Cradle and travel swings are also included in the standard.
The new federal standard, which incorporates provisions in the voluntary standard ASTM F2088 - 12a, requires the following:
- A stronger, more explicit warning label to prevent slump-over deaths. The warning advises consumers to use a swing in the most reclined position until an infant is 4 months old and can hold up its head without help;
- A stability test that prevents the swing from tipping over;
- A test that prevents unintentional folding;
- Tests on restraint systems, which are intended to prevent slippage and breakage of the restraints during use;
- The cradle swing surface to remain relatively flat, while in motion, and while at rest;
- Electrically-powered swings to be designed to prevent battery leakage and overheating;
- Toy mobiles to be designed to ensure that toys do not detach when pulled;
- Swings with seats angles greater than 50 degrees to have shoulder strap restraints; and
- Dynamic and static load requirements to ensure that the infant swing can handle specified loads without breaking.
Between May 2011 and May 2012, CPSC received reports of 351 infant swing-related incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2012. Two of the incidents resulted in infant fatalities.
The effective date for the mandatory infant swing standard is May 7, 2013. The Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, requires CPSC to issue safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including infant swings.
In addition to infant swings, CPSC has issued mandatory safety standards for full-size and non-full-size cribs, play yards, children's bed rails, baby bath seats, baby walkers, and toddler beds.
Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays Can Put Curious Kids at Risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public to keep these products—which contain the active ingredients tetrahydrozoline, oxymetazoline, or naphazoline (known as imidazoline derivatives)—out of the reach of children at all times. The products are sold under various brand names such as Visine, Dristan and Mucinex, as well as in generic and store brands.
Here Are Some Simple Tips for Making Quick and Healthy School Lunches
For school children across the state of North Carolina and beyond, lunch at school can present itself as a time to eat pizza, cookies, chips, french fries, and other unhealthy options that may not typically be on the menu at home. To help combat the less-than-healthy choices that kids make on their own, many parents choose to pack lunches at home.
Parents Beware: Auto Rollaway Can Have Deadly Consequences
Have you ever left or thought about leaving the kids in the car while you make a 'quick stop' at the supermarket, dry cleaner or post office? It only takes a second for your car to shift into gear and rollaway, leaving your kids in tremendous danger.
There's Never an OK Time to Leave Babies and Pets in Cars
It'll only be a minute, you say. You crack the windows and lock the car leaving your sleeping infant cozy in her car seat. The problem is that it's never just a minute. It's always longer than that and it only takes 10 minutes for your car to heat up to dangerous temperatures—potentially killing or permanently injuring your child.