I am sure most of you remember the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) which was put in place to strengthen the safety requirements for all products intended for use by children under the age of 12. It was responsible for lowering the levels of allowable lead and forcing manufacturers to test and document these levels in all children’s products.
Why am I talking about this now? Because one month ago today, the crib standards set forth in the CSPIA became enforceable. Crib safety standards have not had a major revision in more than 30-years, well overdue if you ask me.
Here are some of the new requirements in crib safety according to the CPSC:
- Manufacturers of cribs can no longer sell or produce dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs
- Mattress supports and crib slats must be strengthened
- Crib hardware must be more durable and utilize anti-loosening devices to prevent the hardware from falling out
- Safety testing on all cribs is to be made much more rigorous
While we are on the topic of children’s safety, Fisher-Price announced a recall today of the Little People Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagons due to a laceration hazard within the handle of the wagon.
Description from CPSC: This recall involves the Fisher Price’s Little People® Builders’ Load ‘n Go Wagon model number P8977. The product includes a red wagon with a yellow handle, multi-colored plastic blocks and a dog figure. The model number is located on the bottom of the wagon. “Little People® Builders” is found on a label on the side of the wagon and “Fisher Price” is embossed on the handle. Wagons with green handles are not included in this recall. Sold between June 2009 through July 2011 for about $25.
Fisher Price is issuing a repair kit, they can be contacted at (800) 432-5437 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.service.mattel.com