CPSC Extends Comment Period for Proposed Revisions to Safety Standards for Bassinets and Cradles

On June 18, 2024, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) extended the public comment period for a proposed rule that amends safety standards for bassinets and cradles. The proposed rule removes the compact bassinet category and addresses five identified hazard patterns associated with young infants placed in or on:

  • Non-level bassinets/cradles (a suffocation hazard);
  • Bassinets/cradles on elevated and soft surfaces such as beds, couches, tables, and countertops (falls, suffocation, skull fractures, and asphyxia hazards);
  • Mattresses that are non-flat, too thick, too soft, ill-fitting, or unattached to the bassinet/cradle (a suffocation hazard);
  • Bassinets/cradles with design issues, such as low to the ground or unstable, or with loose sidewalls or non-mesh sidewalls (containment, tipping, gap entrapment, and suffocation hazards); and
  • Products with electrical problems such as smoke, shock, and battery leakage (shock and burn).

The proposed rule also requires warnings on all bassinets within the scope of the rule.

Comments are due by August 1, 2024.