New federal mandatory safety standards – to improve the safety of infant swings – were unanimously approved by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The effective date is May 7, 2013.
The new federal standard, to prevent injuries and death to children, incorporates the following rules:
- Stronger, label warnings to prevent slump-over deaths.
- Stability testing to prevent the swing from tipping over
- Testing to prevent unintentional folding
- Testing on restraint system, that are intended to prevent slipping nd breaking of the restraints when in use
- Cradle swing surface to remain flat when in motion and when still
- Electric-powered swings to be designed to prevent battery leakage and also overheating
The standards can be read in full on the CPSC Web site.
The agency has received 351 infant swing-related injuries between May 2011 and May 2012. Two of the incidents resulted in death, while 349 were nonfatal and 24 of the nonfatal injuries resulted in injuries.
Between May 2011 and May 2012, CPSC received reports of 351 infant swing-related incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2012. Two of the 351 incidents resulted in fatalities, and 349 incidents were nonfatal; 24 of the nonfatal incidents resulted in injuries.
The Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, requires CPSC to issue safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including infant swings.
Steve is the Managing Shareholder of Steven J. Klearman & Associates, a civil litigation law firm located in Reno, Nevada. He practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation and injury law, and has authored one of the definitive guides to Nevada civil law that is widely used by Nevada judges and attorneys, his book entitled Elements of Nevada Legal Theories.