Chicago First in Country to Ban Crib Bumper Pads

September 09, 2011

The day after Chicago Real Estate Forum wrote about Baby Safety Month, Chicago took another step to protect our home’s greatest treasures.

Chicago has become the first city in the country to ban the sale of crib bumper pads, which pose as a danger to babies.

bumper pad inside a cribCrib bumper pads wrap around the inside of cribs. The pads can suffocate babies who lacks the motor skills and strength to turn their heads away from the pads if they roll into them. The pads can also cause falls in older babies who use them to step on.

Chicago City Council members Ald. James Balcer (11th) and Ald. George Cardenas (12th) sponsored the bill, which takes effect in 180 days.

This doesn’t mean it is against the law to use bumper pads in your Chicago home, and there won’t be any fines or punishments for parents who choose to use the accessory. But they will no longer be sold in Chicago.

In 1998, when baby Danny Keysar died in a recalled crib at his Chicago child care home, Chicago became the first city to ban the sale of recalled products.

Looks like our city is again leading the country in trying to keep our babies safe.

“Again, Chicago has shown it is willing to be a leader when it comes to protecting children,” said Nancy Cowles, executive director of Kids in Danger (KID), which was formed by Keysar’s parents. “These dangerous and unnecessary products should not be on our store shelves.”

And, in six months, in Chicago, they won’t be.

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