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) was not voted on in the Illinois Senate, so the bill will have to be reintroduced next session.  Watch this page for updates.   

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.

Contact Your State Elected Officials

Write or email your state representative and senator and urge them to make children’s product safety a priority.

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