Oregon Statutes - Chapter 646A - Trade Regulation - Section 646A.500 - Legislative findings; declaration of purpose.

(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that:

(a) The disability and death of infants resulting from injuries sustained in crib accidents are a serious threat to the public health, welfare and safety of the people of this state;

(b) Infants are an especially vulnerable class of people;

(c) The design and construction of a crib must ensure that the crib is a safe place to leave an infant unattended for an extended period of time;

(d) A parent or caregiver has a right to believe that a crib is a safe place to leave an infant;

(e) The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 40 children suffocate or strangle in their cribs every year;

(f) Existing state and federal legislation is inadequate to deal with the hazard of injuries and death to infants from unsafe cribs; and

(g) Prohibiting the remanufacture, retrofitting, sale, contracting to sell or resell, leasing or subletting of unsafe cribs, particularly unsafe secondhand, hand-me-down or heirloom cribs, will prevent injuries and deaths caused by unsafe cribs.

(2) The purpose of ORS 646A.500 to 646A.514 is to prevent the occurrence of injuries to and deaths of infants resulting from unsafe cribs by making it illegal to remanufacture, retrofit, sell, contract to sell or resell, lease, sublet or otherwise place in the stream of commerce any crib that is unsafe for an infant using the crib. [Formerly 646.500]

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