March 26, 2020 — Safety officials have proposed banning padded pillow-like crib bumpers due to a deadly suffocation hazard for babies.
Crib bumpers were linked to more than 100 deaths from 1990 to 2016, according to the safety group Kids in Danger.
Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to create a federal safety standard for crib bumpers. The proposed rule would ban the sale of padded, pillow-like crib bumpers that do not meet minimum air-flow requirements.
The agency is proposing new rules for crib bumpers to reduce the risk of injury and death for infants.
The proposed rules would require crib bumpers to meet a new airflow requirements, similar to mesh liners. Furthermore, crib bumpers would be restricted to a thickness of 2″ and they must be firm.
According to the CPSC:
“Without sufficient airflow, infants can suffocate when they roll against the crib bumper and become wedged between bumper and mattress, or when the pillow-like surface of the bumper completely obstructs their mouth and nose.”
The CPSC is now seeking comments on the proposal and alternative approaches.
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