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New Federal Safety Standard for Play Yards Approved

Posted On 12/27/12

The CPSC approved a new federal mandatory safety standard in order to heighten the safety of play yards, and prevent injuries and deaths of children. The approval vote was unanimous. The new federal requirements for play yards include: a stability test, latch and lock mechanisms to prevent the play yard from collapsing, entrapment tests for the play yard attachments, floor stability test to ensure structural integrity, minimum side height requirements so that children cannot get out of on their own, and a test to prevent hinges from creating an entrapment hazard.

New mandatory safety standard were prompted for after CPSC received reports of 2,100 incidents, 60 fatalities and 170 injuries to children in play yards between November 2007 and December 2011.

If your child or the child of someone you love has been injured while in a play yard please call Begam & Marks immediately for representation.