Forum on Crib Bumpers to Be Held 22 January
03 December 2019
The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a public forum on crib bumpers on 22 January. Individuals interested in presenting information at the forum should submit a summary of their presentation by 6 January, while written comments may be submitted by 25 February.
For several years, the CPSC has been studying the potential risks associated with crib bumpers. In May 2012, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association submitted a petition asking the Commission to initiate a rulemaking to distinguish ‘‘hazardous pillow-like’’ crib bumpers from ‘‘non-hazardous traditional’’ crib bumpers. In 2013, the CPSC voted to grant the petition and provided specific direction to staff. In its operating plan for fiscal year 2017, the CPSC directed staff to develop a proposed standard under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. In response to this direction, CPSC staff submitted a briefing package for crib bumpers/liners (including a draft proposed rule) on 4 September 2019.
According to the CPSC, the goal of the forum is to hear from the public about their views of the potential hazards associated with crib bumpers and their suggestions for ways to address those hazards. In addition to these general issues, the CPSC is seeking input on the following more specific topics:
- the utility/benefit of crib bumpers, including (i) whether babies suffer head injuries from crib slats without crib bumpers, and (ii) whether babies suffer limb injuries from entrapment in crib slats without crib bumpers;
- consumers’ understanding of the ‘‘Bare is Best’’ safety messaging related to infant sleep safety, including whether consumers consider the presence of crib bumpers to be consistent with that messaging;
- any current or proposed state laws relating to crib bumpers and whether and how those laws reflect or conflict with CPSC staff recommendations;
- any performance requirements and test methods for crib bumpers (or similar crib accessories) relevant to the identification and elimination of suffocation hazards, including (i) air permeability, (ii) firmness or the conforming of bumper materials to the facial features of infants, and (iii) any other aspects of crib bumpers (or similar crib accessories); and
- the potential effects of the pre-emption of state and local laws addressing crib bumpers.
- Baby Products
- North America