The Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved new federal safety standards for hand-held infant carriers that parents should know about.
According to the CPSC, 43 reports of deaths from 2007 to June 2013 related to portable carriers have taken place. With that, the commission has approved a new federal safety standard.
“The products that fall within the handheld infant carrier standard include handheld infant carrier seats and those can be the style that has the child restraint systems for vehicles and also the hand held basinets cradles,” said Nicki Flemming, from CPSC.
The standard now includes Moses baskets that should carry the occupants with their torsos completely supported by the product. They hope it will reduce the number of estimated injuries that rose to about 66,000 from 2007 to 2013 due to falls.
“With the hand-held infant carrier you’re also going to want to make sure that whenever you use it, that the hand held portion are locked into place prior to picking up the baby and always use your restraint system that comes with the carriers,” said Flemming.
For parents who aren’t sure if the baby carriers they own now meet the new federal standard, Flemming recommends visiting the CPSC website to check if any products by manufacturers have been recalled, and using your best judgment when purchasing carriers for your infants.
You can visit website at www.cpsc.gov to see if any hand held carriers you own at the moment have been recalled.