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CPSC Issues New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Bedside Sleepers

February 25, 2014

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a federal mandatory standard aimed to improve the safety of bedside sleepers. The new rule incorporates by reference the voluntary standard, ASTM F2906-12, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers.”

The rule defines a bedside sleeper as a bassinet-type product that is secured to an adult bed, has fabric sides and may have a lower side adjacent to the adult mattress. Bedside sleepers are required to be tested to the updated ASTM standard, as well as ASTM F2194-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles”. The new rule also includes two recent modifications to the ASTM voluntary standard to address the fabric sided enclosed opening entrapment hazards and consumer disassembly when components are missing.

Manufacturers must comply with the rule beginning on July 15, 2014.

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