November 20, 2013
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory safety standard for bassinets and cradles.
The new federal standard is an incorporation of the provisions found in the voluntary standard (ASTM F2194-13), Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles. The new standard is made mandatory after 426 incidents were reported involving bassinets and cradles with 132 fatalities from 2007 to 2013.
Modifications of the voluntary standard apply to the new mandatory standard and include the following:
- a clarification of the scope of the bassinet/cradle standard;
- a change to the pass/fail criterion for the mattress flatness test;
- an exemption from the mattress flatness requirement for bassinets that are less than 15 inches across;
- the addition of a removable bassinet bed stability requirement; and
- a change to the stability test procedure, requiring the use of a newborn CAMI dummy rather than an infant CAMI dummy.