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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

Endorsements: American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumer Federation of America, Consumer Reports, Kids in Danger, Public Citizen, U.S. PIRG

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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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