Lewisville, NC (PRWEB) March 11, 2011
On December 15, 2010 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to approve rigorous new safety standards for cribs. The first major revision to the CPSC crib standard in over 30 years, the requirement for these new regulations was established by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of August 2008.
"Kaplan Early Learning Company has been working diligently during this historic regulatory change to make the transition process as manageable as possible for our customers. We were committed to having CPSC-compliant Kaplan crib models available well before required compliance deadlines," said Matthew Marceron, Executive Vice President and General Manager.
"We understand that there are many concerns regarding the number of cribs that will need to be replaced by December 2012. To ensure that cribs are not replaced unnecessarily, we recently had testing completed by an independent, CPSC-accredited laboratory," said Marceron. "The Kaplan SecureHold™ Clearview Crib (Model 70551), Kaplan SecureHold™ Easy Reach Crib (Model 70550), Metal Evacuation Window Crib (Model 87087), Folding White Crib (Model 85382), and Arched White Mini Crib (Model 84365) passed the testing and comply with the new federal safety standards in 16CFR-1220."
While a great deal of attention has been paid to the elimination of drop sides from cribs, there are additional significant changes that separate the compliant cribs offered by Kaplan from non-compliant models. Major provisions of the new regulations include:
•Prohibition of drop-side cribs in which the entire side rail moves up and down. A retrofit kit that serves to immobilize a drop side does not make the crib compliant;
•Changes in side rail height and toe hold standards;
•Better labeling and instructions to minimize potential mis-assembly;
•Increased slat strength;
•Increased mattress support strength; and
•Elimination of wood screws from key structural elements.
According to the 2010 CPSC Safety Standards in 16CFR-1220, childcare facilities and public places of accommodation (such as inns and hotels) that use cribs must replace cribs that do not meet the new standards by December 28, 2012. Cribs, including drop-side cribs, compliant with the current safety standard at time of manufacture, which have not been subject to recall, may stay in service during this 24-month period.
"We are offering our compliant cribs at special sale prices through September 30, 2011," said Wes Wooten, Vice President of Sales for Kaplan Early Learning Company. "We want to make it affordable for our loyal customers to meet the new federally mandated requirements with top quality, safe and durable products."
About Kaplan Early Learning Company
Based in Lewisville, North Carolina, Kaplan Early Learning Company provides products and services that enhance children’s learning. Since 1968, the company has delivered innovative products and services that support educators and caregivers worldwide in the creation of quality learning environments.