Health Canada recently published the new Regulations CCBRto improve the protection of the health and safety of young children regarding the use of Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets (“The Products”), to further align Canada and U.S. the safety requirements of the products. The new regulations will replace the existing one and comes into force on 29 December 2016. Once effective, selling, importing, manufacturing and advertising traditional drop-sided cribs will be prohibited in Canada.
The new Regulations also introduce new requirements and test methods for accessories and stands that are used with the products. Highlights of the revision are summarized as follows:
1. Modifying the structural integrity test method for mattress support vertical; 2. Adding the strength and integrity test for crib slat; 3. Including new performance requirement and test methods for: - the correct assembly of key structural components such as the side, mattress support, stabilising bar, structural cover and stand; - the stands and accessory; - the maximum rest angle and mattress flatness angle of the products and stands; - the stability of the products 4. Updating the completely bounded openings performance requirement and test method for textile or other pliable materials, including removable textile or pliable material covers; 5. Revision to the maximum height of corner posts from 3 mm to 1.5 mm; 6. Introducing the requirements on child restraint system limiting the length of cords and size of loops attached to the products and stands.
Between January 2000 and mid-September 2014, Health Canada received 104 complaints involving drop-sides cribs associated with 94 non-injury-related incidents, 8 reports of bumps, scrapes and bruises, one report of a concussion, and one death. Drop-side cribs generally have a tendency to be less structurally sound than cribs with fixed sides because of the additional stress caused by the repeated raising and lowering of the drop side. The hardware on these cribs has broken or deformed after routine use.