U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Revises Safety Standard for Play Yards

Vol. 729 | August 26, 2013

On August 19, 2013, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the final rule in the Federal Register revising the safety standard for play yards (16 CFR 1221). The final rule will become effective February 19, 2014, and apply to play yards manufactured on and after that date.

This final rule revises 16 CFR 1221 to replace the existing requirements for play yards, ASTM F406-12a, with the updated version of the standard, ASTM F406-13.  The revision of ASTM F406-13 now addresses the hazard associated with misassembling the bassinet accessory attachment components of a play yard as follows:

  • All accessory attachment components either be permanently attached to the bassinet/cradle accessory;


  • Makes it obvious to the user (parent or caregiver) that the bassinet/cradle accessory is not properly assembled or attached. This is achieved by:
    • The bassinet/cradle accessory collapses completely and is not able to support the infant,
    • The sleep surface tilts significantly, 30° or more, when the infant is placed in play yard. 

The final rule continues to exclude from the CPSC's play yard standard the provisions in ASTM F406 that apply to non-full-size cribs.

The final rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-08-19/pdf/2013-19964.pdf  

For questions, please contact:

Ariel Weinstein
Tel: +1 (312) 906-7803

Tim Davis
Tel: +1 (847) 871-1059

Laxmi Ravikumar
Tel: +1 (847) 871 1056



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