In an effort to prevent injuries and deaths to children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has unanimously (3-0) approved a new federal mandatory safety standard to improve the safety of infant swings.
Infant swings are stationary juvenile products with a frame and powered mechanism that enables an infant to swing in a seated position. The swing is intended for use with infants from birth until a child is able to sit up unassisted. Cradle and travel swings are included in the standard.
The new federal standard, which incorporates provisions in the voluntary standard ASTM F2088 - 12a, requires the following:
Between May 2011 and May 2012, CPSC received reports of 351 infant swing-related incidents that occurred between 2009 and 2012. Two of those incidents resulted in fatalities, while 349 were nonfatal. Twenty-four of the nonfatal incidents resulted in injuries.
The effective date for the mandatory infant swing standard is May 7, 2013. Â