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CPSC approves new toddler bed standards

April 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is enacting new, mandatory standards to improve the safety of toddler beds.

The CPSC is deploying these new protections to avoid injuries to children.

The new standard requires:

  • That the upper edge of the toddler bed's guardrail must be at least five inches above the mattress.

  • Testing of spindle-slat strength must be consistent with the tests required for cribs.

  • Separate warning labels about entrapment and strangulation hazards must appear on toddler beds
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Cribs that convert into toddler beds also must comply with the new federal standard.