The CPSC voted recently in support of new play yard standards that will help protect children where they commonly sleep and play. Play yards, also known as pack-n-plays or mesh portable cribs, are widely used in homes, child care facilities, hotels and other lodging. CPSC has recalled about 20 different play yards involving millions of units since 1985 for various defects, with the potential to lead to entrapment and suffocation tragedies.
The new standards were required as part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), legislation that enacted sweeping product safety reforms to prevent dangerous products from entering the marketplace. The section addressing play yard safety issues, known as the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, requires that CPSC enact mandatory standards for a number of infant and toddler durable products.
Children are among the most vulnerable in society, and require special protections by manufacturers who sell products targeting the very young. Proper design and safety testing prior to sale is of paramount importance, in an effort to prevent avoidable injuries. Consumers should carefully research the safety issues related to such products under consideration, in order to make the best, informed choices for themselves and their children.