426 personal injury incidents including 132 wrongful deaths related to bassinets and cradles have been reported to the CPSC between November 2007 and March 2013. Therefore the CPSC has approved a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of bassinets and cradles.
To create the new mandatory standard, the CSPC incorporated 5 modifications to the actual voluntary standard (ASTM F2194-13) Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Bassinets and Cradles. These modification are:
1. a clarification of the scope of the bassinet/cradle standard
2. a change to the pass/fail criterion for the mattress flatness test
3. an exemption from the mattress flatness requirement for bassinets that are less than 15 inches across
4. the addition of a removable bassinet bed stability requirement
5. a change to the stability test procedure, requiring the use of a newborn CAMI dummy rather than an infant CAMI dummy