At the end of February, officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced new rules for child play yards. Play yards are framed enclosures with mesh or fabric side panels and a floor. Many of them can be folded for travel or for storage. Now, they're required to meet a new set of federal standards.
Our Costa Mesa child injury attorneys understand that we purchase child products and expect them to be safe. With these play yards, we expect them to contain our children and to contain them safely. As parents, we don't want to worry about dangerous defects and designs with these items. To help to ease this parental concern, CPSC officials came through with stricter guidelines.
New requirements for children play yards from the CPSC:
-They are required to have side rails free of a sharp V shape. This new design is supposed to help to eliminate the risks for children to be strangled.
-They're required to come with stronger brackets. These brackets are used to eliminate cracks with sharp edges and to keep the side rail from collapsing.
-Play yards are now required to come with sturdier and tougher mattress attachments. This is to help to keep the play yard to the floor to help to keep young children from being hurt or from getting trapped.
All of these new requirements come with the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act. This is also known as "Danny's Law." This Act was a result of an accident that killed Danny back in 1998 in Chicago. The child was playing in a recalled play yard. He was napping at it collapsed on him and caused him to suffocate. The new Act was made in his honor.
In addition to these new standards, officials with the CPSC have also issued mandatory safety standards for baby bath seats, children's bed rails, cribs, toddler beds, infant swings and baby walkers. Officials are still working on making stricter standards for bedside sleepers, bassinet attachments, bassinets and hand-held infant carriers. Later this year, they're supposed to propose new rules for infant slings, soft infant carriers as well as strollers.
If you're currently using a play yard for your child, you're asked to keep it bare when you put your child inside. Each and every year, officials with the CPSC receive a number of infant suffocation death reports. In many of these incident reports, parents and guardians put pillow or thick blankets in the child's sleeping area and overcrowd the space.
According to the CPSC, there were about 700 fatalities involving children under the age of 1 between 1992 and 2010 related to pillows and cushions placed in or near a baby's sleep environment. About half of the infant crib fatalities and close to 70 percent of bassinet fatalities each year are the result of suffocation caused by pillow, blankets or overcrowding of these areas.
If you or your child has been injured in an accident, contact personal injury attorney Vincent Howard today for a schedule a free and confidential consultation. Call (800) 872-5925.
Recalled Medicine a Risk to Children in Southern California, California Injury Lawyers, February 15, 2013
Child Safety: Most Children Not Buckled into Car Seats Properly, California Injury Lawyers, August 13, 2012