The Commission approves new safety standards for crib mattresses

Crib mattresses will be required to meet the standard by the fall.

After 139 child deaths since 2010, new safety standards for crib mattresses will take effect in the autumn.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday approved a new rule to address potential hazards such as tearing, suffocation and jamming.

“This is intended to reduce the risk of injury,” CPSC spokesman Jason Levine told ABC News. “The crib is the safest place for your infant, but what it does do is it takes another step in the right direction in terms of making sure the mattress itself is as safe as possible.”

New mattresses will be required to meet the standard this fall, Levine said. The rule includes crib mattresses as well as mattresses in playgrounds and pools.

“Today’s vote means crib mattresses of all sizes will be required to meet safety standards,” CPSC President Alex Hoehn-Saric said in a statement. “This will improve the safety of babies sleeping in cribs and playgrounds.”

The CPSC said it was aware of at least 494 incidents, including 139 deaths and 355 non-fatal incidents, related to crib mattresses between January 2010 and April 2021.

Last week, the CPSC also warned consumers about certain Leachco Podster highchairs after two children died “due to a change of position” that blocked infants’ noses and mouths.

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