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Proposed Ban on Supplemental Mattresses for Play Yards Subject of CPSC Inquiry

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received a petition requesting a ban on supplemental mattresses for play yards with non-rigid sides, which are currently marketed to be used with non-full-size cribs, play yards, portable cribs and play pens. The petitioner asserts that that these supplemental mattresses should be deemed banned hazardous products because they present an unreasonable risk of injury and death to infants and that no feasible consumer product safety standard would adequately protect infants from this risk. While the current standard (ASTM F406-13, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards) requires each such product to be sold with a mattress provided by the manufacturer with a total thickness not to exceed 1½ inches and to contain warnings never to add a mattress, the petitioner adds, supplemental mattresses continue to be marketed to consumers for use in portable cribs and play yards. Written comments on this petition are due no later than Oct. 13.

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