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house Bill H.R. 3170

Should Non-Mesh Crib Bumpers be Illegal?

Argument in favor

Crib bumpers aren’t necessary and can in fact be dangerous to children. Given that leading organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discourage them, crib bumpers shouldn’t be sold anymore.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/17/2019
Crib bumpers aren’t necessary and can in fact be dangerous to children. Given that leading organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discourage them, crib bumpers shouldn’t be sold anymore. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.16.19..........
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Ken's Opinion
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09/17/2019
It’s amazing to me that there are people who still think “market forces” will somehow magically prevent dangerous products from being sold. Market forces have nothing to do with safety... they drive companies to make the largest amount of money in the shortest amount of time, consequences be damned. This is why government regulation is necessary; we have seen over and over the tragic results of unfettered capitalism every time we eliminate regulations. If we don’t control sales of dangerous products via regulation and there’s a profit to be made (however risky or transitory) companies *will* make those products and consumers *will* buy them, and “market forces” never have any effect on this until it is far too late to prevent the natural horrific consequences of the accumulated bad decisions involved. TLDR: Humans are not rational! Even smart people do *stupid* if you don’t regulate!
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09/17/2019
Well, yes, keep dangerous products off the market. But you know who isn’t using crib bumpers? The children that we’ve caged in the desert. Can we stop that please?
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Argument opposed

Crib bumpers can help prevent children in cribs from bumping their heads or getting their arms or legs caught in cribs’ rails. Parents who wish to prevent their children from getting bumps and bruises from their cribs should be allowed to purchase crib bumpers.

Glowurm's Opinion
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09/15/2019
Make safe products or don’t sell them. Before any products are put on the market, they should be tested and shown to be safe. We, and our precious children, should NEVER BE USED AS TEST DUMMIES. GOT THAT?
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09/17/2019
!! NAY NAY NAY !! Let the market work its way out. This is what parenting is all about. Yes there are deaths and this is horrible. There's also been reported injuries and deaths due to head trauma w/out bumpers. Nevertheless, the Government needs to get out of our so-called Free Market and get down to more important matters that we need them for. This Bill doesn't cover all and/or provide medical records and proof of one way or the other, with bumpers and netting and without.
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09/17/2019
OMG JUST SUSPEND THEM FROM THE CEILING- stop over regulating everything- there are NO requirements to become a parent so let’s just regulate the hell out of everything - so what does being an adult and parent really mean?!!!!
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What is House Bill H.R. 3170?

This bill — the Safe Cribs Act of 2019 — would prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or import of crib bumpers, which can pose suffocation, strangulation, and choking hazards to infants. Since current evidence doesn’t show that mesh crib liners pose the same suffocation risks as padded crib bumpers, this bill specifically doesn’t include mesh crib liners.

Impact

Children in cribs; parents of children in cribs; cribs; crib bumpers; and crib safety.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3170

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), who began her career as a consumer advocate, introduced this bill to prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or import of crib bumpers, which can pose suffocation, strangulation, and choking hazards to infants. Upon introducing this bill, Sen.. Schakowsky said

“It’s past time for the country to recognize what Chicago long ago knew: crib bumpers aren’t safe and shouldn’t be in cribs. I am proud to introduce the Safe Cribs Act in the House with two of my colleagues from Chicago, Bobby Rush and Robin Kelly. And I thank my friend and fellow Illinoisan Senator Duckworth for leading this effort in the Senate. Together, we will work hard to ensure that no more children die from these unsafe products.”  

Senate sponsor Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) says

“The fact that these deadly products can still be found on shelves across the country is extremely confusing to new parents who don’t believe stores would be selling them if they are truly dangerous to their children. This is a critical safety issue and I’m proud to be working with my colleagues to pass this bill to help new parents and end these preventable deaths.”

Original Senate cosponsor Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) adds

“When it comes to keeping our children safe, we shouldn’t be taking unnecessary risks. The experts have spoken and their verdict is clear – baby bumpers are not safe and should no longer be sold in our country. States like Maryland are already leading the charge on this issue, and it’s past time for the federal government follow suit. I urge my colleagues to immediately pass this common-sense legislation to prohibit the sale of these dangerous products.”

The Consumer Federation of American (CFA) supports this bill. In a joint press release, it and three other organizations (the American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Reports, and Kids in Danger) write:

“As leading child health and consumer advocacy organizations, we are proud to support H.R.3170 and S.1816, the Safe Cribs Act. For almost a decade our organizations have warned parents against using crib bumper pads and supported state and local actions to ban their sale. This legislation would help prevent more families from experiencing the tragedy of losing a child to crib bumper pads by banning their manufacture, import, and sale altogether. Crib bumper pads are dangerous. Dozens of deaths have been attributed to positional asphyxia or suffocation involving these products. But they still appear on store shelves where new parents or grandparents assume they are safe – in fact many assume they are a safety product – and end up making their child’s sleep space dangerous.  The safest sleeping environment for infants is always on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding… [W]e urge Congress to advance the Safe Cribs Act without delay… We also call on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to immediately call on retailers and manufacturers to stop selling bumper pads, as they did for a similar product, infant sleep positioners. There is no question: crib bumper pads are dangerous, and have no place in a safe sleep environment or on store shelves.”

This legislation passed the House Committee on Energy and Commerce by a voice vote with the support of 10 Democratic House cosponsors. Its Senate companion, sponsored by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), has five Democratic Senate cosponsors. It’s endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Consumer Federation of America (CFA), Kids in Danger, and Consumer Reports


Of NoteCrib bumpers were originally invented to keep children from falling out of cribs between widely spaced crib slats. Since 1973, a mandatory crib slat spacing standard has eliminated the original need for crib bumpers. Today, crib bumpers are primarily intended to keep babies from bumping their heads or getting their arms or legs caught in cribs’ rails. Sometimes, parents or caregivers may also use them for their decorative value. 

However, some pediatricians and medical experts believe that the minor injuries crib bumpers prevent aren’t worth the serious risks of suffocation, strangulation, and entrapment that they pose. Since 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recommended that crib bumpers not be used; and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shares the same opinion. Despite the AAP’s and NIH’s clear guidance, crib bumpers are still widely sold by leading retailers, and are sometimes even bundled with infant bedding sets. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that 23 babies died from crib bumper-attributed suffocation from 2006-2012. The true number may be even higher: a February 2016 article in the Journal of Pediatrics argued that “there appears to be a substantial CPSC undercounting of [crib bumper] deaths” and found 48 infant deaths attributed to crib bumpers from 1985-2012. In the most recent CPSC staff briefing on crib bumpers, published in September 2016, the agency found a total of 107 fatal and 282 non-fatal incidents related to crib bumpers over the period from January 1, 1990, to March 31, 2016. 

Several states and localities — including Chicago, Illinois; Maryland; Ohio; Watchung, New Jersey; and New York — have implemented their own laws either banning crib bumper sales altogether or banning the sale of non-mesh crib bumpers.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / Kyryl Gorlov)

AKA

Safe Cribs Act of 2019

Official Title

To prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or importation into the United States of any crib bumper, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Consumer Protection and Commerce
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedJune 10th, 2019
    Make safe products or don’t sell them. Before any products are put on the market, they should be tested and shown to be safe. We, and our precious children, should NEVER BE USED AS TEST DUMMIES. GOT THAT?
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    !! NAY NAY NAY !! Let the market work its way out. This is what parenting is all about. Yes there are deaths and this is horrible. There's also been reported injuries and deaths due to head trauma w/out bumpers. Nevertheless, the Government needs to get out of our so-called Free Market and get down to more important matters that we need them for. This Bill doesn't cover all and/or provide medical records and proof of one way or the other, with bumpers and netting and without.
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    Not the governments job.
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    From what I see on these two baby stuff bills is that when becoming a parent become informed & go from there safely. Now get some important bills passed.
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    Seriously!?! Shouldn’t the house be working on a budget? This kind of stuff isn’t your business. The legal system will take care of this. And parents. Get out of our homes and get to work!
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    OMG JUST SUSPEND THEM FROM THE CEILING- stop over regulating everything- there are NO requirements to become a parent so let’s just regulate the hell out of everything - so what does being an adult and parent really mean?!!!!
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    Yes, crib bumpers should be safe, but new parents don’t need anymore conflicting advice. Nor do our legislators need any further medical authority than they BELIEVE they have. FURTHERMORE, I don’t see why the tax payers need to fund legislation which directly counters that of the AAP guidance. This will only lead to further distrust in our institutions. More measles⁉️ that is what a system of medical distrust will lead to. And what on earth is meant by the “and for other purposes” statement. Seems like recent legislation is better at protecting citizens from nefarious crib bumpers than assault rifles. ———- After a careful review of Representative Schakowsky 20 years in Dem leadership. I would recommend this particular 75 year old representative considering honoring the Dems 2018 promise of a new generation of leaders. Schakowsky’s time spent outside of the industry coupled with her Dr. Spock parenting approach, her ties to Americans for Prosperity/Club for Growth coupled with her personal net worth increase estimated at 173% while in office and her strong support/reliance on Democratic Party, even at the expense of the voters, all indicate it may be time for Ms Schakowsky to consider retirement/mentoring.
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    Crib bumpers aren’t necessary and can in fact be dangerous to children. Given that leading organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discourage them, crib bumpers shouldn’t be sold anymore. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 9.16.19..........
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    It’s amazing to me that there are people who still think “market forces” will somehow magically prevent dangerous products from being sold. Market forces have nothing to do with safety... they drive companies to make the largest amount of money in the shortest amount of time, consequences be damned. This is why government regulation is necessary; we have seen over and over the tragic results of unfettered capitalism every time we eliminate regulations. If we don’t control sales of dangerous products via regulation and there’s a profit to be made (however risky or transitory) companies *will* make those products and consumers *will* buy them, and “market forces” never have any effect on this until it is far too late to prevent the natural horrific consequences of the accumulated bad decisions involved. TLDR: Humans are not rational! Even smart people do *stupid* if you don’t regulate!
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    The Government job isnt to run our lives its to protect them.
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    Education is a better solution to this problem than legislation.
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    This bill — the Safe Cribs Act of 2019 — would prohibit the manufacture for sale, offer for sale, distribution in commerce, or import of crib bumpers, which can pose suffocation, strangulation, and choking hazards to infants. Crib bumpers aren’t necessary and can in fact be dangerous to children. Given that leading organizations, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), discourage them, crib bumpers shouldn’t be sold anymore. It’s past time for the country to recognize what I long ago knew: crib bumpers aren’t safe and shouldn’t be in cribs. I am proud to support the Safe Cribs Act. Together, we will work hard to ensure that no more children die from these unsafe products. The fact that these deadly products can still be found on shelves across the country is extremely confusing to new parents who don’t believe stores would be selling them if they are truly dangerous to their children. This is a critical safety issue and I’m proud to be working with you to pass this bill to help new parents and end these preventable deaths. When it comes to keeping our children safe, we shouldn’t be taking unnecessary risks. The experts have spoken and their verdict is clear – baby bumpers are not safe and should no longer be sold in our country. I urge my representatives to immediately pass this common-sense legislation to prohibit the sale of these dangerous products. For almost a decade our organizations I have warned parents against using crib bumper pads and supported state and local actions to ban their sale. This legislation would help prevent more families from experiencing the tragedy of losing a child to crib bumper pads by banning their manufacture, import, and sale altogether. Crib bumper pads are dangerous. Dozens of deaths have been attributed to positional asphyxia or suffocation involving these products. But they still appear on store shelves where new parents or grandparents assume they are safe – in fact many assume they are a safety product – and end up making their child’s sleep space dangerous. The safest sleeping environment for infants is always on their back, on a separate, flat and firm sleep surface without any bumpers or bedding… I urge my representatives to advance the Safe Cribs Act without delay… I also call on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to immediately call on retailers and manufacturers to stop selling bumper pads, as they did for a similar product, infant sleep positioners. There is no question: crib bumper pads are dangerous, and have no place in a safe sleep environment or on store shelves.
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    Well, yes, keep dangerous products off the market. But you know who isn’t using crib bumpers? The children that we’ve caged in the desert. Can we stop that please?
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    I personally don’t see a point in crib bumpers. We used them with our first child but then the standards for cribs changed and the need disappeared. They’re going to be manufactured anyway so best make them safe.
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    If it is unsafe why have it on the shelves? Parents want to buy safe products for their children and if it’s out there to buy they will assume it’s safe to get for their child.
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    Again ...guns are a clear and present danger ...DO SOMETHING DAMN IT😡
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    Why is the federal government involved in these issues. Fix the boarder and the drugs coming into the country that is killing our youth. So many issues that the congress is not working on. WIN Win winning 2020
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    Why would we not do everything possible to keep babies safe?
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    The federal government should quit trying to be like the government in the book 1984. People can make their own decisions and what is best and affordable for their family and new member. We are a free market system and no need to take away one of the choices just to make some people happy. Everyone with common sense know the warnings of using bumpers, but use them to help protect their new family member to be safe in the crib.
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    It’s up to the parents.
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