Tough product safety rules will help babies sleep more safely

"No parent should ever have to endure the tragedy of losing a child."

Henry Hintermeister

Improperly used inclined sleepers have lead to dozens of infant deaths. Now, tough rules aim to make those products safer.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted on June 2 to require all infant sleep products — including inclined and in-bed sleepers — to adhere to more rigorous safety requirements and pass third-party safety testing.

In August 2019, a U.S. PIRG Education Fund report found that 1 in 10 child care facilities surveyed were still using Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Plays, which had been recalled months earlier after causing at least 32 infant deaths. The tragic reality is that parents and day care centers often are unaware of safety recalls — which makes it all the more critical to identify potentially dangerous products before they go to market.

“No parent should ever have to endure the tragedy of losing a child and this new rule will help prevent that in millions of homes,” said PIRG Consumer Watchdog Teresa Murray.

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Photo: Tough product safety standards from the CPSC will now cover all infant sleep products. Credit: ULOVInteractive via Pixabay


Henry Hintermeister