CPSC Adopts New Federal Standard for Portable Bed Rails

In response to a number of child deaths related to defective or improperly installed portable bed rails, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has adopted a new federal standard designed to make these rails safer. The dangers posed by the portable bed rails include children slipping through the bars and children becoming trapped between the headboard/bedpost and the bed rail leading to asphyxia or strangulation.

The new mandatory standard contains safety requirements for bed rails and addresses consumer assembly and installation problems that have resulted in child deaths.

The new federal standard for portable bed rails includes the following requirements:

• Portable bed rails must not create a dangerous gap with the mattress into which a child can fall.

• They must be tested to make sure the bed rail hardware is permanently attached, and that the components cannot be assembled in an unsafe manner.

• Bed rails must have improved warnings on labels and instructions.

• Installation components, such as anchor or straps, must be permanently attached to the bed rail.

• These component parts also must have a warning label on them.

• Bed rails must not have hazardous sharp edges, points or small parts.

Information about other safety standards for child-related products is also available through the CPSC.

At Siegfried & Jensen, we’ve seen the family devastation caused when children are injured or killed by defective products. We encourage all parents to become aware of organizations like CPSC and SafeKids USA.

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