New Safety Standards for Play Yards
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently voted to approve a new federal mandatory safety standard for children’s play yards (or play pen). The effective date for the mandatory play yard standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.
Play Yard Incidents and Injuries
- Between November 2007 and December 2011, more than 2,100 incidents involving play yards were reported to the CPSC.
- 170 reports involved child injuries.
- 60 reports involved child fatalities.
Mandatory Requirements for Play Yards
Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement act of 2008 requires the CPSC to issue safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including play yards. The new safety requirements include:
- A stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over.
- Latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is being used.
- Entrapment tests for attachments so a child's head does not get trapped while a bassinet or other accessory is attached.
- Floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children from getting trapped by the play yard floor.
- Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of the play yard on their own.
- A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head or neck entrapments.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious injury, contact our offices. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.