Amazon has recalled more than 15,000 AmazonBasics memory foam mattresses after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission determined that the mattresses do not meet the mandatory federal flammability standard.
Mattresses recalled include 10-inch and 12-inch beds in twin, full, queen, king, and California king sizes that were sold on the retailer’s website between April 2020 through March 2021.
CPSC flammability regulations were put in place to reduce the number of deaths and injuries connected to mattress fires, and a 30-minute test is performed on mattresses to limit the size of the fire generated by the mattress.
The test is conducted over an open flame, and if a product fails, the manufacturer cannot legally produce and sell that mattress before making modifications to meet flammability standards.
Mattress manufacturers are responsible for making sure their products are up to code, and if they aren’t it could bring them some heat. For example, if a facility catches fire, the manufacturer could be liable for any resulting injuries.
All mattresses that pass the open flame test receive a label with the name and address of the manufacturer as proof.
To learn more about the flammability standard, visit cpsc.gov.
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