US New York State Prohibits Sale of Crib Bumper Pads
On August 13, 2019, New York State enacted a new law prohibiting the sale of crib bumper pads and the restriction of the use of such pads in certain settings.
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On August 13, 2019, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed Senate Bill S03788 prohibiting the sale of any crib bumper pads as an accessory to a crib or as a separate item. The law also prohibits child care facilities or places of public accommodation to use, or have on the premises, crib bumper pads unless a medical professional has determined it is medically necessary for a child to use them. The bill will take effect on October 12, 2019.
The laws define crib bumper pads as “a pad or pads of a non-mesh material resting directly above the mattress in a crib, running the surface area of the crib or along the length of any of the interior sides of the crib. "Crib bumper pad" does not include mesh liners”.
Maryland and Ohio states, including the city of Chicago and the borough of Watchung, New Jersey have similar bans on the sale of crib bumper pads. In June 2019, a bill was introduced in the US Congress to prohibit manufacturers from selling, offering for sale, distributing in commerce, or importing into the United States any crib bumper.
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