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Letter

Tony Cardenas

From the office of:

Tony Cardenas

Sending Office: Honorable Tony Cardenas
Sent By:
Kenny.LaSalle@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019

H.R. 3172/S. 1767

Senate Lead: Blumenthal

Co-sponsors (18): Schakowsky, Blunt Rochester, Soto, Brownley, Meng, Rush, DeFazio, Underwood, Lofgren, Dingell, Ryan, Norton, Mucarsel-Powell, Cisneros, San Nicolas, Roybal-Allard, Grijalva, “Chuy” Garcia

Endorsements: American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Kids in Danger, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Center for Justice & Democracy, Child Care Aware
of America, Child Injury Prevention Alliance, Children’s Advocacy Institute, Cribs for Kids, Inc., First Focus Campaign for Children, Keeping Babies Safe, MomsRising, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, National Consumers League, Parents
for Window Blind Safety, Public Citizen, Safe Kids Worldwide, Safe States Alliance, The Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Alaska Public Interest Research Group (AkPIRG), American
Academy of Pediatrics – Arizona Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics – California Chapter 3, American Academy of Pediatrics – Hawaii Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 1, American Academy
of Pediatrics New York Chapter 2, American Academy of Pediatrics New York Chapter 3, American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Colorado Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Orange County Chapter, Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Arkansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 1, American Academy of Pediatrics, Chicago Consumer Coalition, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, Consumer Assistance Council, Inc., Consumer Assistance
Council, Inc., DC Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Empire State Consumer Project, Florida Chapter – American Academy of Pediatrics, Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois
Action for Children, Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Indiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Island Pediatrics of Honolulu, Kentucky Chapter of the American Academy
of Pediatrics, Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Maine Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Chapter American
Academy of Pediatrics, Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, New Mexico Pediatric
Society, North Carolina Pediatric Society, Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, OHSU/Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center, Oklahoma Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy
of Pediatrics, South Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois, Inc., Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Virginia Citizens Consumer
Council, Virginia Citizens Consumer Council, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Wyckoff Hospital, Wyoming Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Relevant Articles: 

Dear Colleague,

It is our job in Congress to make sure that consumer products sold in our stores are safe—especially products intended for our most vulnerable. Tragically, at least 50 babies[1] have
reportedly died from infant inclined sleep products, a popular baby product that positions newborns and infants at an incline greater than 10 degrees to sleep.

The inclined design of these deadly products goes against long-standing safe sleep recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that babies should only sleep
on their backs on a firm, flat surface that is free of any extra soft bedding.

Since infant deaths linked to these products were first publicly reported in April 2019, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled over five million infant inclined sleep products, including the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play and sleepers manufactured
by Kids II, Inc. and Dorel Juvenile Group USA, which sold its sleepers under Eddie Bauer and Disney brand names. Despite these recalls, many other infant inclined sleepers remain on store shelves and available for sale online.

Parents, relatives, and loved ones shouldn’t have to worry that the next gift they purchase for a baby could be lethal. As a grandparent to two beautiful little ones, I implore you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 3172, the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019. H.R.
3172
 would ban all infant sleep products with an incline greater than 10 degrees intended for infants up to one year old.  This common-sense bill passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee on July 17, 2019 by voice vote. Our constituencies deserve
safe and responsibly-developed products that are consistent with safe sleep recommendations for babies.

If you have any questions about the Safe Sleep for Babies Act of 2019 or would like to cosponsor the bill, please contact Kenny LaSalle at Kenny.lasalle@mail.house.gov or 5-1471 my office.

Sincerely,

 

TONY CÁRDENAS

Member of Congress

 


[1] Consumer Reports, Inclined Sleeper Deaths Rise to 50 as Industry Continues to Sell the Products (Aug. 8, 2019) (www.consumerreports.org/child-safety/inclined-sleeper-deaths-rise-to-50-as-industry-continues-to-sell-the-products/).

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