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Consumer Product Safety Commission Approves New Final Rule and Safety Standard for Bedside Sleepers
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard for Bedside Sleepers (1).
Official Definition of Bedside Sleeper
ASTM F2906-13 defines “bedside sleeper” as “a rigid frame assembly that may be combined with a fabric or mesh assembly, or both, used to function as sides, ends, or floor or a combination thereof, and is intended to provide a sleeping environment for infants and is secured to an adult bed.” A “multi-mode product” is “a unit that is designed and intended to be used in more than one mode (for example, a play yard, bassinet, changing table, hand held carrier, or bedside sleeper).” A bedside sleeper is intended to be secured to an adult bed to permit newborns and infants to sleep close by an adult without being in the adult bed.
Former Safety Standards for Bedside Sleepers
In December 2011, ASTM first published a voluntary standard F2906-11 for bedside sleepers that specifically addressed hazards associated with bedside sleepers involving a hazardous gap between the product and an adult mattress.
On 10 December 2012, the CPSC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for bedside sleepers (77 FR 73345 (2)). The NPR proposed to incorporate by reference the voluntary standard, ASTM F2906-12.
Incident data was extracted on 24 January 2012 that identified 40 cases of bedside sleeper-related incidents from 2001 to 2011, including four fatalities and 36 nonfatal incidents (with and without injuries). Since the NPR, the incident data have been updated to include bedside sleeper-related incidents reported to the Commission between 24 January 2012 and 15 May 2013.
ASTM F2906-13 includes the requirements and test methods for bedside sleeper accessories, missing accessory, attachment components, bedside sleeper accessory and fabric release test methods for enclosed openings. ASTM F2906-13 also continues to require bedside sleepers to meet the requirements of the bassinet standard ASTM F2194 with references to the mandatory bassinet standard, 16 CFR part 1218 (3), specificallywith regard to sections 5.1, 5.1.1, 7.1 and 8.1. All the references to ASTM F2194 in ASTM F2906-13 are replaced with 16 CFR part1218.
(1) Safety Standard for Bedside Sleepers Final Rule (http://www.cpsc.gov/
(2) Safety Standard for Bedside Sleepers (https://www.federalregister.gov/
(3) Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 81 (http://www.cpsc.gov/
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