Our products have been tested in accordance with CPSC, ASTM, and most are also JPMA certified. Be aware that if your crib was manufactured before the date specified on the certificate, CPSC will not consider your crib to be compliant to the new regulations. If you run a day care, these must be kept on file.
New Standards for All Crib Manufacturers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently passed new regulations for cribs. These new regulations affect all portions of the child care industry, from retailers to day care providers. As of June 28, 2011, no crib may be sold in the US if it is not compliant with the CPSC 16 CFR 1220 requirements for Non-Full Size Cribs and CPSC 16 CFR 1219 Standards for Full Size Baby Cribs. L.A. Baby are proud to announce that all of our cribs that are currently available to our distribution channels are compliant with the CPSC standards.
A Brief Explanation Of the New Standards
On December 28, 2010 the CPSC enacted new legislation to protect children. These sweeping laws were enacted as a response to several deaths that were caused by the failures of structural elements on the cribs (none of these deaths occurred in an L.A. Baby Crib). The last time that the regulations of cribs had been revised was in the early 1980s when CPSC 16 CFR 1508/1509 was put into effect. The new standards that were ratified in 2010 replace the old standards with changes that are designed to improve the safety of babies in any sleeping environment, be it a home, a hotel, or a day care center. The new laws address the following issues:
- Ban on drop side cribs. Immobilizing and retrofitting are forbidden.
- Stronger sides, legs, and mattress support panels.
- Cribs must survive a more severe “torture” test while sustaining minimal damage.
- Anti-loosening devices must be in place at fasteners for crib. (L.A. Baby uses lock nuts or locking washers depending on model of crib.)
More Details about ASTM 2710 Commercial Crib Standards
Here are just some high-lights of what a crib must go through in order to be certified as an ASTM 2710 Commercial crib.
- Extra Weight Resistance
- CPSC requires 80 lbs placed on the posture board during its durability testing. ASTM 2710 requires that 180 lbs be placed on the postureboard for the same testing.
- Evacuation Threshold Test
- ASTM 2710 requires that a crib be loaded with 180 lbs (82 kg) of weight and passed over that same width gap 500 times without the caster rotating and getting lodged into the gap. In addition to rolling freely over the gap, crib components may not become separated. This is 100 lbs greater than the static load test required by CPSC.
- More Stringent Testing
- In addition to this requirement, ASTM 2710 requires a crib to withstand impacts and abuses many times greater than what will be encountered in actual usage.
Child Care Centers , Foster Homes, Churches, Hospitals
We still have drop side cribs in our day care center. Are we in violation of the regulation?
- No, child care facilities have until December 28, 2012 to replace non-compliant cribs with cribs that are compliant with CPSC 16 CFR 1219 or CPSC 16 CFR 1220.
- After that date, places of public accommodation may no longer use traditional drop-side cribs or non-compliant cribs and must use cribs meeting the new federal safety standards. Note: Child care facilities, family child care homes, and places of public accommodation should not resell, donate, or give away a crib that does not meet the new cribs standards, such as selling through online auction or donating to a thrift store. CPSC recommends disassembling the crib before discarding it.
What about Portable Cribs or Play Yards?
- The crib standards cover portable cribs, there is currently no finalized standard for play yards.
- CPSC is currently developing a separate mandatory federal standard for play yards.
Are churches/church nurseries subject to the new crib standards?
- The CPSIA does not provide any exclusion for churches. The language in the CPSIA considers a child care facility to be one that provides services for a fee. If volunteers take care of children during a church service without pay, CPSC crib standards do not apply to such an arrangement.
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