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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 137/16

SafeGuardS baby sleeping in a crib

Canada published new Cribs, Cradles and Bassinet Regulations (CCBR), to better protect infants and young children from potential injuries and fatalities related to these products.

On 29 June, 2016 the Government of Canada introduced new [1] Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR) to improve the safety of these products for infants and young children from potential injuries and fatalities related to these products. The Regulations will further align Canada’s safety requirements with those of the United States and apply to all cribs, cradles and bassinets that are manufactured, sold, advertised or imported into Canada.

The new improvements are said to be accomplished by execution of the following:

  • Prohibiting the sale, importation, manufacture and advertisement of cribs, cradles and bassinets with sides that are not rigidly attached to the crib, cradle or bassinet ends (i.e. traditional “drop sides”).

  • Updating the structural integrity test method for the mattress support. Adding an additional test method for crib slat strength.

  • Adding a new requirement of height of access side.

  • Updating the assess area for toeholds for crib.

  • Including a performance requirement for strengthening the key structural components.

  • Including additional test methods for accessories such as sleep or change table accessories and stand.

  • Including requirements for the maximum rest angle and maximum flatness angle for sleep accessories and stands.

  • Requirements for completely bounded openings of sides made out of textile or other pliable materials.

  • Changing the requirement for the maximum height of corner posts.

  • Including a test method for the stability.

  • Addition of test methods for stands that are used with products.

  • Adding requirement prohibiting the use of occupant restraints.

  • More detailed information and relative statements requirement.

History:

Between January 2000 and May 2016, Health Canada received 104 reports involving drop-side cribs associated with 94 non-injury related incidents, eight reports of bumps, scrapes and bruises, one report of a concussion, and one death.

Between January 1, 2010 and May 1, 2016, there were 38 voluntary recalls for cribs, cradles and bassinets, including 14 recalls related to drop sided cribs.

The Canadian Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR) were initially published and became effective on 18 November 2010 under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA),

The new Regulations is designated as SOR/2016-152 and will replace the current CCBR (SOR/2010-261) to strengthen the requirements for these sleep products.

SGS is committed to providing information about development in regulations for consumer products as complimentary services. Throughout the SGS global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a wide range of services including physical/mechanical testing, analytical testing and consultancy work for technical and non-technical parameters applicable to a comprehensive range of consumer products. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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Ali Karimi

Director, Technical Services- Hardlines

t: + 01 973-461-7928

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