29 Oct 2019
Revisions Made to Safety Requirements for Toddler Beds
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on 24 October revisions to the mandatory safety regulations for toddler beds. Specifically, the agency is incorporating by reference the most recent version of the ASTM voluntary standard for these products (ASTM F1821-19). These revisions will enter into force on 27 January unless the CPSC receives significant adverse input by 25 November.
The revised safety provisions address potential entrapment hazards in bed end structures, between the guardrail and side rail, and in the mattress support system. There are also provisions on bed corner post extensions, which could pose a choking hazard if a child snags a cord, ribbon, necklace or clothing on the corner. The regulations also clarify certain terms and testing requirements. Third-party safety testing continues to be required for these durable children’s products.
The ASTM standard defines a toddler bed as a “bed sized to accommodate a full-size crib mattress having minimum dimensions of 51 5⁄8 inches (1310 mm) in length and 27 1⁄4 inches (690 mm) in width which is intended to provide free access and egress to a child not less than 15 months of age and who weighs no more than 50 pounds (27.7 kg).”