Lawmakers in New York are pushing for a state ban on the sale of infant walkers and loungers, citing studies that link the products to serious injuries and deaths. The legislation, which was introduced by the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, seeks to increase infant product safety and prevent avoidable fatalities.
According to the American Council of Pediatrics, infant walkers pose a significant risk of serious injury or death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported at least eight deaths linked to the use of infant loungers.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, the chair of the Assembly Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, added, “Accidents can happen to anyone at any time, destroying families and tragically ruining lives. New York needs to take dangerous items off the market and increase infant product safety.”
The proposed ban has received support from the Assembly Subcommittee on Child Product Safety, which aims to protect the health and safety of young New Yorkers. The legislation has cleared the Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee and is expected to be considered by the full Assembly in the coming weeks.
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