CPSC Updates Safety Standard for Toddler Beds
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising its safety standard for toddler beds to incorporate by reference more recent versions of the applicable ASTM standard. This rule will be effective as of June 6 unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by March 24, in which case the rule will be withdrawn.
A toddler bed is defined in the latest ASTM standard (ASTM F1821-16) as any 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 and 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).
The CPSC states that because the revised ASTM standard improves the safety of toddler beds by adding performance and test requirements for potential entrapment in side rails it will become the CPSC-mandated standard.