Advocacy – State

Update on the Illinois Crib Bumper Ban

On April 8th, the bill to ban the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 64-46. The bill (HB5348) now has to pass through the Illinois Senate. This is a major victory for the safety of our children and we are asking your help to ensure that the bill passes through the Senate.

How can you help? If you are a resident of Illinois, please contact your state senator and urge them to support the bill.

To find out who your state senator are visit this website, type in your address, and click “confirm address” button. A list of your reps should pop up with contact information. Select the information for your state senator.

Below is draft language you can use in a letter to your state senate.

Date

Dear Senator [Senator’s Name],

I am writing as a constituent to encourage you to support HB 5348 which would ban the sale of crib bumper pads in Illinois. This is important for child safety as crib bumper pads pose a suffocation risk to children, while providing no protection from injury.

As a parent/responsible citizen, I would not want parents or caregivers to endanger the lives of our little ones by buying an unsafe crib bumper pad that is still available due to a lack of awareness. [Share a personal story, if any]. There are many such stories and you can get more details on http://www.kidsindanger.org/.

A ban on the sale of crib bumper pads will be helpful in ensuring a safe environment for our children. I believe this will make many parents more confident that their children are safe in their cribs. It also reinforces the safe sleep message that soft bedding has no place in a child’s crib. Maryland and Chicago have already taken this important step.

Therefore, I ask you to support HR 5348 to ban the sale of crib bumper pads I also would appreciate it if you would let me know of the action that you take on this matter.

Sincerely,
Your name
Contact information

If you have any questions or concerns email KID.

Thank you for your support on this very important issue.


General State Information

While product safety is regulated on a national level, there are many actions states can take to increase the protection of their children.

In 1999, through the efforts of Linda Ginzel, Boaz Keysar and KID, Illinois enacted the first Children’s Product Safety Act. Since that time, Michigan, Vermont, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oregon, Missouri, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have passed similar legislation.

The Children’s Product Safety Act protects children from dangerous and recalled products on the state-wide level. This Act makes it illegal to sell or lease recalled or dangerous children’s products or to use those products in licensed childcare facilities. While the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 banned all sale of recalled items and cribs that don’t meet the current standard, the provision keeping recalled products out of childcare is still a vital safety measure.

In addition, Illinois has added tough reporting requirements. This will make it easier for parents and caregivers to learn about dangerous products. The Illinois Attorney General’s office has information for consumers on product safety.

California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado and Pennsylvania have passed the Infant Crib Safety Act that includes similar language but only applies to cribs.

Urge your state to adopt the Children’s Product Safety Act. Read the Model Legislation: Children’s Product Safety Act (PDF).

The Children’s Product Safety Act, August 1999. (From Left to Right): Nancy Cowles, KID Executive Director; Linda Ginzel & Boaz Keysar, KID cofounders; Illinois Governor George Ryan; Illinois State Senator Carol Ronen.

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