Crib Safety Standards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has instituted a new safety standard for cribs, and that may mean the crib you use is dangerously outdated. As of June 28th 2011, only cribs that comply with the improved federal safety standards can be manufactored, sold or used in a child care center or other public venue. The new crib regulations prohibit the sale of drop side rail cribs, and they require that manufacturers strengthen crib and mattress supports, improve the quality of the hardware and commit to rigorous testing. You may really want to use the crib you slept in as a baby for the sake of nostalgia, but for the safety of your baby, be sure to use a crib that conforms to the updated safety standards that came into play on June 28th, 2011. Make sure your crib meets the mandatory industry safety standards as set by The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the voluntary standards as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM F-1169 and ASTM F-996). Cribs that meet or exceed these safety standards are certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Cribs that are JPMA certified are clearly labeled and the certification seal should be displayed prominently on the crib itself or the shipping carton. Ask the retailer or manufacturer whether the crib in question complies with 16 CFR 1219 (the new standard for full-size cribs) or 16 CFR 1220 (the new standard for non-full-size-cribs). By law, the production date of the crib must be displayed both on the crib and the shipping carton. Buying a new JPMA certified crib assures you that your crib meets the latest federal and voluntary safety standards. Drop sides, slats, or hardware that may have been weakened as a result of previous use or exposure to dampness or heat during storage could endanger your baby. A quality manufacturer will test and re-test your crib to ensure it meets all mandatory and voluntary safety standards. Current industry...
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