July 16, 2013
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted to grant a petition from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) and has directed staff to initiate rulemaking to address the risk of injury associated with the use of crib bumpers.
In support of their request, JPMA asserted the following:
- Certain groups are advocating banning crib bumpers from the marketplace.
- JPMA's commissioned third-party review, by an engineering and scientific consulting firm, of incidents associated with crib bumper pads failed to support claims of increased risk to infants from traditional crib bumpers.
- Banning traditional crib bumpers could have unintended consequences, including encouraging caregivers to add unsafe soft bedding to cribs to prevent infant occupants from getting limbs caught between crib slats and to prevent bruises from crib sides caused by falls in the crib.
- The most recent proposed ASTM performance requirements provide a reasonable basis for a mandatory crib bumper performance standard.
On June 18, 2012, the Commission voted unanimously to publish a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the petition (Docket No. CPSC-2012-0034). The notice was published on June 25, 2012, with a closing date of August 24, 2012, for accepting comments on the petition.