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Playpens Regulations (SOR/2018-186)

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Regulations are current to 2022-11-16 and last amended on 2019-04-03. Previous Versions

Specifications (continued)

Additional Requirements for Playpens (continued)

Marginal note:Latching or locking mechanisms — operation

 Every latching or locking mechanism on a playpen must meet one of the following requirements:

  • (a) the mechanism requires a single action to latch or lock it and requires a force of at least 45 N to unlatch or unlock it; or

  • (b) the mechanism requires at least two separate, deliberate and simultaneous actions to unlatch or unlock it.

Marginal note:Appearance of latching or locking — top rails

 When a playpen is tested in accordance with Schedule 11, a top rail of a playpen that has a latching or locking mechanism must fold when the mechanism is unlatched or unlocked.

Marginal note:Entanglement

 When a playpen is tested in accordance with Schedule 12, the load illustrated in Figure 2 to that schedule must not remain caught on any mechanism, fastener or projection of the playpen that is accessible to the child.

Marginal note:Structural integrity

 The playing surface of a playpen, any component of the playpen that is located below the playing surface as well as the playpen’s rigid structural components must not exhibit any damage when the playpen is tested in accordance with Schedule 13.

Marginal note:Vertical displacement — removable floor pad with panel

  •  (1) A removable floor pad of a playpen that is composed of a rigid panel or a series of rigid panels must not, when the playpen is tested in accordance with section 1 of Schedule 14, be displaced upwards more than 133 mm.

  • Marginal note:Vertical displacement — removable and foldable component

    (2) A removable and foldable component of a playpen that is composed of a rigid panel or a series of rigid panels and on which a removable floor pad rests must not, when the playpen is tested in accordance with section 2 of Schedule 14, be displaced upwards more than 133 mm.

Additional Requirements for Accessories

Marginal note:Entrapment — accessory placed on or fixed to playpen

  •  (1) When tested in accordance with section 1 of Schedule 15, any opening that is created when an accessory is placed on or fixed to a playpen must not permit the passage of the small head probe illustrated in Figure 1 to that section unless the opening also permits the passage of the large head probe illustrated in Figure 2 to that section.

  • Marginal note:Entrapment — accessory detached or displaced

    (2) When tested in accordance with section 2 of Schedule 15, any opening that is created when an accessory detaches or is displaced from a playpen must not permit the passage of the small head probe illustrated in Figure 1 to section 1 of that schedule.

  • Marginal note:Exception

    (3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply in respect of a manufacturer’s recommended use position for an accessory if, in that position, the playpen’s floor pad cannot be used with the playpen.

Marginal note:Structural integrity — sleep and change table accessories

 Every sleep accessory and change table accessory must be capable of supporting one of the following loads at the following locations for 60 seconds without any damage to the accessory:

  • (a) in the case of a sleep accessory, a load of 24 kg that has a square base that measures 152 mm × 152 mm applied to the geometric centre of the sleeping surface and, if the surface has corners, then to each of the corners of the surface successively; and

  • (b) in the case of a change table accessory, a load of 45 kg that has a square base that measures 152 mm × 152 mm applied to the geometric centre of the surface that supports the weight of the child.

Marginal note:Sleep accessories — angle

  •  (1) The angle of the sleeping surface of a sleep accessory must not exceed 7° from the horizontal.

  • Marginal note:Sleep accessories — angle of foldable mattress pad

    (2) The angle of the surfaces adjacent to a fold in a foldable mattress pad that is supplied with, or that is designed or advertised to be used with, a sleep accessory must not, when the sleep accessory is tested in accordance with Schedule 16, exceed 7° from the horizontal.

Marginal note:Sleep accessories that rock or swing — angle

 Every sleep accessory that rocks or swings must meet the following requirements:

  • (a) it does not rock or swing beyond a 20° angle from the horizontal; and

  • (b) its angle at rest does not exceed 7° from the horizontal.

Marginal note:Sleep accessories — height of sides

 The upper surface of every side of a sleep accessory must be at least 191 mm higher than the sleeping surface when no load is applied to the sleeping surface.

Marginal note:Sleep accessories — restraint systems

 A sleep accessory must not have a child restraint system.

Information and Advertising

General Provisions

Marginal note:Reference to Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or Regulations

 Information that appears on a playpen or accessory, that accompanies one or that is in any advertisement for one must not make any direct or indirect reference to the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act or these Regulations.

Marginal note:Advertising

 An advertisement must not show a playpen or accessory in any way that is contrary to the warnings set out in sections 44 to 49.

Presentation of Information

Marginal note:Presentation — general

 The information required by these Regulations must meet all of the following requirements:

  • (a) it must be displayed in both English and French;

  • (b) it must be printed on the playpen or accessory, or on a label that is permanently affixed to it;

  • (c) it must be legible and clearly displayed, including being printed in characters whose colour contrasts sharply with the background; and

  • (d) it must be sufficiently durable to remain legible or visible, as the case may be, throughout the useful life of the playpen or accessory under normal conditions of transportation, storage, sale and use.

Marginal note:Print

  •  (1) The required information must be printed in a standard sans-serif type that

    • (a) is not compressed, expanded or decorative; and

    • (b) has a large x-height relative to the ascender or descender of the type, as illustrated in Schedule 17.

  • Marginal note:Height of type

    (2) The height of the type is determined by measuring an upper case letter or a lower case letter that has an ascender or a descender, such as “b” or “p”.

Marginal note:Signal words

  •  (1) The signal words “WARNING” and “MISE EN GARDE” must be displayed in boldfaced, upper case type that is not less than 5 mm in height.

  • Marginal note:Other information — height of type

    (2) All other required information must be displayed in type that is not less than 2.5 mm in height.

Requirements for Playpens and Accessories

Marginal note:Required information

 The following information must appear on every playpen and on every accessory that is sold separately, as well as on any packaging in which one of those products is displayed to the consumer:

  • (a) in the case of a playpen or accessory that is manufactured in Canada, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer or the person for whom the playpen or accessory was manufactured;

  • (b) in the case of a playpen or accessory that is imported for commercial purposes, the name and principal place of business of the manufacturer, the person for whom the playpen or accessory was manufactured or the importer;

  • (c) its model name or model number; and

  • (d) the expression “DATE:” followed immediately by words or numbers that indicate when it was manufactured, consisting of the year and either the month or week, listed in that order.

Marginal note:Assembly and use — playpens

  •  (1) The following information must appear on every playpen in text, drawings or photographs, or in any combination of them:

    • (a) instructions on how to assemble it and a quantitative list of its parts, if it is sold not fully assembled; and

    • (b) instructions on how to fold and unfold it, if it is a folding playpen.

  • Marginal note:Assembly and use — accessories

    (2) The following information must appear on every accessory in text, drawings or photographs, or in any combination of them:

    • (a) instructions on how to assemble it and a quantitative list of its parts, if it is sold not fully assembled;

    • (b) instructions on how to fold and unfold it, if it is a folding accessory; and

    • (c) instructions on how to place it on or fix it to a playpen.

  • Marginal note:Exception — accessories supplied with playpens

    (3) Despite subsection (2), if the accessory is supplied with a playpen, the information required by that subsection may appear on the playpen.

Marginal note:Exception — Pouches

 Despite paragraph 38(b), the information that is required by section 42 may be contained in or on a pouch that is permanently affixed to the playpen or accessory if the relevant warnings set out in sections 44 to 49 are provided with that information.

Additional Requirements for Playpens

Marginal note:Warning — all playpens

 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every playpen:

WARNING

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    Do not use this playpen if you cannot exactly follow the instructions that come with it.
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    Do not use this playpen for a child who can climb out of it or who is taller than 90 cm.
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    Do not place any cord, strap or similar item in or near this playpen that could become wrapped around a child’s neck.
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    Do not place this playpen near a window or patio door where a child could reach the cord of a blind or curtain and be strangled.
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    Check this playpen regularly before using it, and do not use it if any part is loose or missing or if there are any signs of damage. Do not substitute parts. Contact the manufacturer if replacement parts or additional instructions are needed.
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    Children can suffocate on soft bedding. Do not place pillows, comforters or an additional floor pad in this playpen.
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    Do not leave a child unattended in this playpen.

MISE EN GARDE

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    Ne pas utiliser ce parc pour enfant à moins d’être en mesure de suivre précisément les instructions qui l’accompagnent.
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    Ne pas utiliser ce parc pour enfant si l’enfant est capable d’en sortir ou mesure plus de 90 cm.
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    Ne pas mettre dans ce parc pour enfant ou à proximité de celui-ci des cordes, sangles ou objets semblables qui risqueraient de s’enrouler autour du cou de l’enfant.
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    Ne pas placer ce parc pour enfant près d’une fenêtre ou d’une porte-fenêtre où l’enfant pourrait saisir les cordes d’un store ou d’un rideau et s’étrangler.
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    Vérifier régulièrement ce parc pour enfant préalablement à son utilisation et ne pas l’utiliser si une pièce est desserrée, une pièce est manquante ou s’il y a un signe de dommages. Ne pas substituer une pièce à une autre. Communiquer avec le fabricant pour obtenir, au besoin, une pièce de rechange ou des instructions supplémentaires.
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    Les articles de literie mous présentent un risque de suffocation pour l’enfant. Ne pas mettre d’oreiller, d’édredon ou de matelas de sol supplémentaire dans ce parc pour enfant.
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    Ne pas laisser sans surveillance un enfant qui utilise ce parc pour enfant.

Marginal note:Warning — folding playpens

 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every folding playpen, immediately after the warning required by section 44:

WARNING

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    Ensure that the sides of this playpen are properly latched or locked in the appropriate position before placing a child in it.

MISE EN GARDE

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    S’assurer que les côtés de ce parc pour enfant sont bien enclenchés ou verrouillés à la position appropriée avant d’y placer un enfant.

Additional Requirements for Accessories

General

Marginal note:Warning — accessories

 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every accessory:

WARNING

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    Do not use this accessory if you cannot exactly follow the instructions that come with it.

MISE EN GARDE

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    Ne pas utiliser cet accessoire à moins d’être en mesure de suivre précisément les instructions qui l’accompagnent.

Marginal note:Warning — accessories — occupant retention area

 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every accessory that extends over or into the occupant retention area, immediately after the warning required by section 46:

WARNING

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    Remove this accessory when a child is in the playpen.

MISE EN GARDE

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    Retirer cet accessoire si l’enfant occupe le parc pour enfant.

Marginal note:Warning — accessories other than sleep accessories

 The following warning or its equivalent must appear on every accessory other than a sleep accessory, immediately after the warnings required by sections 46 and 47:

WARNING

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    Do not use this accessory for a child who has reached [insert manufacturer’s recommended weight limit].
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    Do not leave a child unattended in or on this accessory.
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    Do not put a child to sleep or leave a sleeping child in or on this accessory.

MISE EN GARDE

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    Ne pas utiliser cet accessoire si l’enfant a atteint [insérer le poids maximal recommandé par le fabricant].
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    Ne pas laisser sans surveillance un enfant qui utilise cet accessoire.
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    Ne pas utiliser cet accessoire pour y faire dormir un enfant ou l’y laisser dormir.
 
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