San Diego product liability attorneys, we are pleased that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is taking
steps to improve the safety of children’s play yards. While these
products are convenient for parents, they can pose serious risks for small children.
There were more than 2,100 incidents with play yards reported to CPSC,
including 60 fatalities and 170 injuries, between November 2007 and December 2011.
With this in mind, the agency has adopted the following new safety standards:
- A stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over.
- Latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child
when it is being used.
- Entrapment tests for attachments so a child’s head does not get trapped
while a bassinet or other accessory is attached.
- Floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children
from getting trapped by the play yard floor.
- Minimum side height requirements to prevent children from getting out of
the play yard on their own.
- A test to prevent play yards whose top rails fold downward from using a
hinge that creates a V- or diamond shape when folded to prevent head or
The new standards will take effect in six months.