Makers of Baby Products Face New Rules


By Natasha T. Metzler, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is requiring the manufacturers of products for infants and toddlers to create programs for keeping in touch with people who own cribs, strollers, changing tables and other items.

Under the new rule, manufacturers will have to provide postage-paid registration forms with every infant and toddler product and then keep records of those who register. Each product will also have to feature in a permanent way the manufacturer's name and contact information, along with the product's model name, number and date of manufacture.

The requirements will improve the speed of distributing information about product recalls, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. Its officials unanimously approved the new rule last week.

The requirements apply to 18 categories of products: full-size cribs and nonfull-size cribs; toddler beds; high chairs, booster chairs, and hook-on chairs; bath seats; gates and other enclosures for confining a child; play yards; stationary activity centers; infant carriers; strollers; walkers; swings; bassinets and cradles; children's folding chairs; changing tables; infant bouncers; infant bathtubs; portable toddler bed rails; and infant slings.

The agency expects the new rule to be published in the Federal Register next week, likely on Tuesday. The rules will go into effect for 12 of the product categories 180 days after publication. The rules will go into effect one year after publication for the remaining six categories: children's folding chairs, changing tables, infant bouncers, infant bathtubs, portable toddler bed rails and infant slings.

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