Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Maryland is the first state to propose banning the sale of bumper pads for baby cribs, with heath officials saying they pose unnecessary risks to infants.
The state health department recommended the ban after a task force in May said the pads can suffocate or strangle babies. If approved by the state's health secretary, the ban would take effect in January 2013.
The Chicago City Council banned the sale of crib bumper pads earlier this month. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has also been taking a look at the safety of the pads.
Manufacturers say the cushions keep babies from hitting their heads. But Maryland task-force members argued that research shows most babies can't exert enough force to hurt themselves and bumpers do more harm than good.