The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a proposed rule that would establish a mandatory safety standard for adult portable bed rails. Comments on this proposal are due by Jan. 9.

The CPSC states that APBRs are generally installed or used alongside of a bed and are intended to reduce the risk of falling from the bed, assist the consumer in repositioning in the bed, or assist the consumer in transitioning into or out of the bed.

The CPSC has preliminarily determined that (1) the existing voluntary standard on these products is not likely to eliminate or adequately reduce the risk of injury associated with entrapment and (2) substantial compliance with this voluntary standard is also unlikely. The CPSC is therefore proposing to adopt a mandatory standard that comprises the current voluntary standard with specified modifications to improve safety and reduce the risk of injury.

For more information on compliance with this and other product safety standards, please contact Beth Ring at (212) 549-0133 or Ned Steiner at (202) 730-4970.

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