CPSC Approves Cradle Safety Standard Over Objection

By Greg Ryan (October 2, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a mandatory safety standard for infant cradles and bassinets, the agency said Monday, despite the opposition of one commissioner who said it unnecessarily altered a voluntary standard developed by industry and consumer groups.

Four of the agency's five commissioners voted to approve the final rule, issued in response to a Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 directive to create safety standards for durable infant and toddler products. Only Commissioner Nancy Nord, a Republican, voted against the rule.

More than 130 infants have died in incidents involving cradles and bassinets since November 2007,...

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