Consumer Watch: Tougher standards for portable cribs, play yards

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

(WHAS11) -- Parents go to great lengths to make sure their children sleep in the safest place possible and now they'll get more help, with new safety standards for a product where many babies and toddlers spend time every day.

Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has Thursday's Consumer Watch.

It’s a topic that is important to all young parents, but for Linda Gizel, a recalled children's product became a matter of life and death. Linda’s son died in a defective crib.

“It is hard for me to believe that 14 years ago, on May 12, 1998, my beautiful 16-and-a-half month-old son Danny was strangled at his licensed child care facility, in our Chicago neighborhood,” said Linda Ginzel.

Ginzel says Danny was sleeping in a mesh portable crib when it collapsed on the napping baby.

On Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved tougher standards for those cribs and play yards.

“All manufacturers, importers and distributors of play yards must comply with a strict federal standard, a standard that will prevent the deadly side rails that the collapsed and took Danny's life, and the lives of nearly 20 other children,” said Inez Tenenbaum from the Consumer Product Safety Commision.

The new rules for portable cribs and play yards take effect in December, and will join a list of five recently adopted safety requirements for children's items like cribs, toddler beds, and baby bath seats. Consumers are always reminded to keep an eye on product recalls, and be mindful of secondhand products manufactured before new standards may have taken effect.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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