The new safety standard requires that play yards meet the following requirements:
- Side rails that do not form a sharp V when the product is folded. This prevents a child from strangling in the side rail
- Stronger corner brackets to prevent sharp-edged cracks and to prevent a side-rail collapse
- Sturdier mattress attachments to the play-yard floor to prevent children from getting trapped or hurt.
The new play yard standard is one of many safety standards that CPSC has passed as part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, or what is called “Danny’s Law.” Danny Keysar was killed in Chicago in 1998 when a previously recalled play yard in which he was napping collapsed, suffocating him. This new play yard standard was completed in honor of Danny and his family
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures regarding safety issues associated with children’s products may contribute to a product’s hazards. If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries result from the use of a defective play yard, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.