New Safety Standard for Bedside Cribs

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a new safety standard for bedside cribs, which are similar to bassinets attached to an adult bed.
     Twenty-six safety incidents involving bedside sleepers since 2001 were attributed to either a defect or potential design flaw in the crib, according to the CPSC.
     Among the incidents, the CPSC found there were reports of problems related to poor assembly instruction and with the adjustable fabric cover on the sleepers.
     The agency changed the safety standards for the sleepers, Wednesday, adopting a standard developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials, with minor changes.
     Bedside sleepers are tested with the same safety standards used for bassinets, and the CPSC issued a final safety standard on bassinets and cradles in October 2013.
     In that rule, the CPSC made a pass/fail criterion for mattress flatness more strict and clarified that certain bassinets with multiple uses must meet the safety standards for all the product's uses, among other things.
     The safety standard is effective July 15.