“JPMA also supports any initiatives that foster a safe environment
for our children and we are working with our members to develop
new tools to keep the public informed on how to ensure safe
sleep environments."
- Statement issued by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Assn.

MT. LAREL, NJ – The Juvenile Product Manufacturers Assn. issued a statement saying it is committed to crib safety and the continued efforts of Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Inez Tenenbaum’s pledge to make child safety a priority.

The association also noted that more needs to be done to ensure that caregivers take the necessary precautions to not place children in an “unsafe sleeping environment.”

“JPMA is fully committed to safe sleep initiatives and has dedicated Baby Safety Month for 2010 to safe sleep practices,” the association said in a press release. “JPMA also supports any initiatives that foster a safe environment for our children and we are working with our members to develop new tools to keep the public informed on how to ensure safe sleep environments. It is also important to note the critical role that manufacturers have played in promulgating voluntary and mandatory safety standards and supporting safety regulations with a more comprehensive crib safety standard that will be used throughout our industry.”

JPMA said its work to help develop ASTM standards over the past three decades have resulted in an 89 percent reduction in crib fatalities and injuries. The JPMA also cited its work last year to revise the ASTM standard for full-size cribs. “The industry took the reins to effectively eliminate drop side cribs and added a crib slat integrity test based on the European standard. Following this industry-led effort, (Tenenbaum) then reached out to industry to assist in accelerating more revisions to the voluntary standard for full-size cribs and industry responded with overwhelming support and resources to meet (her) challenge. As a result, via the time tested ASTM standards setting process, a revised crib standard was recently balloted whose provisions included addressing issues related to hardware failure, labeling and instructional issues, an improved mattress support test, and much more. To expedite the process, the industry provided the additional testing and the engineering expertise necessary to create the initial draft of the highest safety standard available anywhere in the world. This industry stands ready to continue to provide technical and financial support to expedite new safety standards.”

Safety message to parents and caregivers
“One important message that has not been addressed is the incidents of death related to infants being placed to sleep in an unsafe sleeping environment,” the JPMA continued. “JPMA has partnered with First Candle to communicate to parents that each year hundreds of deaths occur when children are placed in a sleep environment that is not specifically designed for children. In fact there are 50 times more deaths each year from infants being placed to sleep in unsafe sleep environments including on the floor, in adult beds, on pillows and blankets than in cribs. Parents and caregivers are reminded that the safest sleep environment for a child is in a fully functional, properly assembled crib.”

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