Baby beds seized over safety risk fears

Updated 2017-09-27 10:00:57 Shanghai Daily

Thirteen baby beds were seized yesterday by Shanghai's quality watchdog over safety concerns.

A bed carrying the Labi Baby brand for children aged under 3 sold in No. 1 Yaohan Department Store in Pudong was found to be a safety risk.

Usually, there's one side on a baby bed that can be opened to enable parents to put the baby in. It is required to close automatically after parents lift it up and push it. But the Labi Baby bed failed the requirement, said Lu Wei, a Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau furniture inspector.

In the warehouse in Zhoupu area, inspectors confiscated 13 beds of the same batch, all made by Jinfa Labi Maternity and Baby Articles Co based in Guangdong Province.

"We will send them for a further quality test. If they fail the test, we will order the manufacturer to stop selling and recall the products," said another bureau inspector Ling Yun.

He said the beds are sold in more than 10 shopping malls across Shanghai. There have been no reports of any injuries to babies.

China's laws regarding the safety of baby's beds stipulates that no sharp edges are allowed and the gap between the rails should be between 45 and 65 millimeters.

Lu suggested parents should avoid buying baby beds with complex patterns as the infant might get a body part stuck in a hollowed-out decoration.

Meanwhile, according to The Beijing News, a market watchdog from Nanjing City has reported that the parents of a 7-month girl, who died after getting her head stuck in the railings of a baby bed, plan to sue the store involved. Desa Maternity and Baby Store, which sells German-made Myoshin products, has stopped selling the baby bed.

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