Md. health officials seek ban on crib bumper pads

BALTIMORE - Maryland health officials are proposing a ban on the sale of crib bumper pads starting in January 2013.

The state health department said Tuesday it believes crib bumper pads pose unnecessary health risks to infants.

A four-member task force recommended in May that crib bumpers be declared a hazard, saying bumpers can suffocate or strangle babies. The recommendation now goes to the state's health secretary, who will decide whether to issue a regulation that could ban their sale in the state.

Bumper pads are cushions that line a crib. Makers say they prevent babies from hitting their heads.

The ban, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2013, would exclude the sale of bumper pads for older children or for those who have special needs.

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