US Proposes Mandatory Safety Standard, 16 CFR 1241, for Crib Mattresses

US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of
proposed rulemaking (NPR) regarding a mandatory safety standard for crib
mattresses. Issued under Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement
Act (CPSIA), the mandatory standard would incorporate, by reference, ASTM
F2933-19, with some modifications.

crib mattresses are not included in the statutory list of durable infant or toddler
products. However, it is the intention of the CPSC to amend part 1130 and add
crib mattresses that are within the scope of ASTM F2933-19. This is considering
the following points:

  1. They
    are intended for use, and may be reasonably expected to be used, by children
    under the age of 5 years
  2. They
    are products like the products listed in section 104 of the CPSIA
  3. They
    are used in conjunction with other durable infant or toddler products used for
    unattended infant sleep, such as cribs, bassinets, and play yards
  4. CPSC
    cannot fully address the risk of injury associated with such infant sleep
    products without addressing the hazards associated with the use of crib
    mattresses in these infant sleep products

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NPR contains modifications that will address:

  1. Suffocation
    hazards associated with overly soft crib mattresses – test for mattress
    firmness added
  2. Entrapment
    hazards associated with full-size crib mattresses due to poor mattress fit from
    compression by sheets – repeat dimensional conformity test with measuring for
    corner gaps
  3. Entrapment
    hazards associated with after-market, non-full-size crib mattresses, due to
    lack of dimensional requirements for rectangular-shaped products – extend the
    dimensional requirements in ASTM F2933-19 to all non-full-size crib mattresses
  4. Laceration
    hazards associated with coils and springs breaking and poking through
    mattresses – add a cyclic impact test for mattresses that use coils and springs
  5. Risk
    of SIDS and suffocation related to infant positioning, soft bedding, and gap
    entrapment – improve labeling and instructional literature requirements to
    better communicate risks to consumers

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is accepting comments on this proposal until January 11, 2021. If adopted, it
will come into effect six months after it is published in the Federal Register.

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