In June, two bills were introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to improve the safety of infant sleep products. The Safe Sleep Act (H.R. 3172 and S. 1767) would ban the manufacture, import and sale of inclined sleep products for infants. The recent recalls of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper and Kids II rocking sleeper, which have been linked to infant deaths, would be included in this ban. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement in support of this bill.
The Safe Cribs Act (H.R. 3170 and S. 1816) would ban the manufacture, import and sale of crib bumper pads, which increase the risk of suffocation for infants. The AAP also issued a statement in support of this bill.
A subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on June 13 to discuss these bills and other product safety legislation.