We wanted to make you aware that on June 28, 2011 a new federal law became effective that requires any crib produced or sold after that date to meet new federal requirements related to the safety of full and non-full sized cribs. Among other aspects of the new requirements, retailers must only offer cribs for sale that meet the new Commission requirements. Selling a crib on Craigslist/or another site is considered by the Commission staff to be online retailing. Traditional drop side cribs produced prior to June 28, 2011 will not meet the standard and cannot legally be sold. The new standard was put in place as a result of numerous injuries and deaths to infants in cribs.
if you want to give one away for a re-purpose project, you still need to dispose of the side that drops, first. (note: the community gardens love that one piece, for climbing plants such as beans and peas)
Here is a specific link for the new crib standard which is posted on the Commission’s website: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11260.html.
Please also take a moment and visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at www.cpsc.gov for recall and other consumer product safety information.
Under the law administered by the Commission it is now illegal to sell or re-sell a crib that does not meet the new requirements of the Crib Safety Standard. It is also illegal to sell/donate a previously recalled crib even if that crib was repaired under a previously announced recall program that provided an immobilizer to prevent the drop side of the crib from being raised or lowered. These cribs do not meet the new crib standard and should not be sold/given away.
We urge you to remove your listing offering your pre-standard crib for sale and to take immediate steps to ensure that the crib is disposed of in a safe manner to prevent further use and to reduce the risk of injuries to infants placed in the crib. We also urge you not to donate or give away your pre-standard crib since it does not meet the new crib safety requirements.
Bassinets and cradles
Overview of ASTM F2194
ASTM F2194, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles, establishes safety performance requirements, test methods, and labeling requirements to minimize the identified hazard patterns associated with the use of bassinets/cradles. ASTM first published a consumer product safety standard for bassinets and cradles in 2002. The standard was revised several times over the next 11 years. The current version of the standard is ASTM F2194-13. The more significant requirements of ASTM F2194 include:
Drop side cribs
If your baby crib no longer meets safety standards then it should be destroyed in a way that it cannot be reassembled and used. This way you will prevent an unsafe baby crib from turning up at a yard sale or thrift store.
By properly disposing of unsafe cribs you may have just saved another baby’s life.
*Many people will argue that you can sell or give them away for 'crafting purposes', we have checked with CPSC,
and their response was this; " No one can insure that the crib will be used for the intended purposes (as someone wanting to sell it for craft). Therefore, regardless of intent, a recalled product cannot be sold. In this case, dropside cribs are non-compliant with current standards and therefore cannot be sold."
Selling used baby gear is a great way to recoup some of the cost of the things your baby has outgrown. However, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) recently made it illegal to sell recalled products, which means that you should be careful to investigate the baby items you're selling to avoid trouble down the line.
This is not a personal attack, merely a warning to the new crib laws, which you may not be aware of. We would hate to see a child injured in a recalled item, and we would hate to see that parent bring a lawsuit against you for selling an illegal item . It is now illegal to sell any crib that does not meet the new safety standards. Traditional drop-side cribs cannot be made or sold; immobilizers and repair kits are also NOT allowed.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov
We appreciate your assistance on behalf of consumer safety.
"(5) In addition to complying with section 6.9.2 of ASTM F2194-13, comply with the following:....
(iii) 6.10.2. The lock/latch shall automatically engage under the weight of the bassinet bed (without any other force or action) in all lateral positions
Older bassinets and pack and plays do lock lock without additional force, and therefore do not meet the current requirements for safety.
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