Legislation to Ban Crib Bumpers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) --  Armed with a warning from the American Academy of Pediatrics, some Illinois lawmakers are pushing for a ban on crib bumper pads. The proposal includes setting state safety standards for the product.

The House as also endorsed a bill that wouldn't restrict sales but instead set state standards for the crib padding.

The AAP warned crib bumpers could cause infants to suffocate. An Illinois Senate Committee endorsed a ban in 2014.The bumpers are designed to keep infants' limbs from getting caught between crib bars; the product also protects infants from bumping their heads against side rails.

Maryland lawmakers approved a ban one year earlier.

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