The Department of Consumer Protection of the Executive Yuan (hereinafter referred to as the DCP) and the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (hereinafter referred to as the BSMI) sampled 10 commercially available "children bed guards" for testing and inspection. The results show that 2 of them do not meet the requirements for "quality items" and 5 do not meet the requirements for "labeling items". The DCP has asked the competent authority to handle the failed cases in accordance with law.
Many parents purchase bed guards to keep their children safe by preventing them from falling off the bed. However, bed guards that do not meet requirements may not guarantee child safety. Moreover, there were several deaths of infants due to becoming trapped in bed rails. Therefore, in April 2020, the DCP and the BSMI worked together and purchased a total of 10 commercially available "children bed guards" from physical and online stores in northern Taiwan for inspection and examination. Quality testing was conducted by the BSMI on items such as "general structure" and "the safety of bed guards", while labeling check was respectively carried out by the BSMI and the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Region Office in accordance with relevant regulations set forth in the "Commodity Inspection Act" and the "Commodity Labeling Act".
The results of the tests and checks are described as follows:
I. Quality items: 10 bed guards were tested, of which 8 met the requirements, while 2 failed to meet the requirements.
(I) "General structure": 2 failed to meet the requirements.
The major violations are excessive hole size of the bed rails, excessive gaps created by the bed guards, and a failure to suggest the maximum mattress thickness by bed guard manufacturers.
(II) "Bed guard safety": 2 failed to meet the requirements.
The major violations are the excessive gap between bottom rails and foot rails, and the excessive hole size of the bed rails.
II. Labeling items: 10 bed guards were checked, of which 5 met the requirements, while 5 failed to meet the requirements.
(I) In terms of the "Commodity Inspection Act": 4 failed to meet the requirements.
The major violations are a lack of commodity inspection marks and descriptions of product size.
(II) In terms of the "Commodity Labeling Act": 4 failed to meet the requirements.
The major violation is a lack of the manufacturer's name and address indicated in Chinese or in Traditional Chinese.
For the products that do not meet the requirements for "quality items" after the inspection and that are not labeled with commodity inspection marks in accordance with the regulations, the violators who are found and confirmed to evade the inspection shall be imposed a fine not less than NT$250,000 (same currency hereunder) but not more than NT$2,500,000 in accordance with Paragraph 2 of Article 60 of the Commodity Inspection Act. Furthermore, for those that do not meet the requirements for "labeling items" and the violation of the "Commodity Inspection Act", the BSMI will impose a fine not less than NT$200,000 but not more than NT$2,000,000 on violators who are found and confirmed to evade the inspection and notify them to recall the products and rectify the defects within a given time limit in accordance with Article 60 and Article 63 of the Act. As for the violations of the "Commodity Labeling Act", the Ministry of Economic Affairs' Central Region Office has asked the local competent authorities for investigation and punishment in accordance with Article 15 of the Act.
The DCP states that the Department has asked the relevant competent authorities to urge the suppliers to rectify the defects found in the testing and inspection as soon as possible. The Department also reminds consumers to pay attention to the following matters when purchasing and using a bed guard: (I) Beware that whether the bed guard is labeled with commodity inspection marks (e.g., or T30001) and complete marks in Chinese. Before using the product, carefully read the information such as suitable ages, warnings, notes, and operating instructions. (II) Assemble the bed guard according to the manual provided by the supplier. After assembly, check any abnormal situations such as widening gap between the mattress and rails, unattached or damaged mesh panel, and deformed bed frames. These situations may result in accidents when children's heads, hands, feet, or even their bodies are entrapped. (III) A mattress whose specifications, size, and thickness indicated on the manual or suggested by the manual should be used with the bed guard. (IV) All parts of the bed guard should be locked and secured in case the bed guard would suddenly become folded or fall off the bed due to external forces, which could result in child injuries.