Three big-name cot mattresses \'too soft\', pose suffocation risk to babies, Choice says

2020/06/13
Consumer groups chose to call for mandatory safety standards for all crib mattresses after testing the three products found big-
Famous brands bring the risk of suffocation to babies.
Choice tested 12 products and Sealy, Love N Care and Childcare found that the mattress was too soft to cover the baby\'s face.
The Australian mattress hardness standard was introduced in 2013, but not mandatory.
Tom Godfrey volunteered that it is now the Australian Competition and Consumer Council. ACCC)
Look at the introduction of mandatory standards.
\"We know that too soft mattresses are a risk factor for SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, and therefore, we think it is very important for ACCC to study this voluntary standard, its requirements are mandatory as part of the Australian standard review later this year, \"Mr. Godfrey said.
ABC has contacted Sealy, Love N Care and Childcare for their comments.
Childcare said in a statement that they took \"the safety and quality of our products\" very seriously \".
Childcare says its mattress has passed all its own tests, but they support the call for a hardness test as a standard.
Sealy spokesman Matthew Thomas said they did the same test as the selection and were unable to replicate the results.
\"Sealy has reviewed the specifications of its crib mattress to ensure that its mattress is fully compliant with all standards,\" he said . \".
But Godfrey said that the choice test may be more stringent than the test of the brand itself.
\"When choosing the company to contact them and tell them that their mattress did not pass the hardness test, they obviously took it very seriously,\" he said . \".
\"The difference is that we test these mattresses the way consumers use them.
\"These companies may be testing internally, but the key is that the reason we want to see this authorization is that the choice is to test it when the baby uses it, as a consumer, we will use it at home and we find that all three of these big brands have failed and we don\'t think it\'s good enough.
\"What we are doing is using a test platform, one is basically the weight, we found the weakest point on the mattress, the softest point, we are simulating what a baby\'s nose or mouth will do when it sinks into the mattress, which is a very simple test, but it is a crucial test, because what it is doing is reminding consumers that their baby\'s face can be covered with a mattress.
Mr. Godfrey said that there were mandatory safety standards for cribs and mattresses sold as part of the package, but did not exist when the mattresses were sold separately.
Safety tips on how to sleep safely for babies can be found on the Sids & Kids website.
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