CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-0 March 5 to approve a new federal mandatory safety standard for infants’ and children’s carriages and strollers, which will become effective Sept. 10, 2015. According to a CPSC press release, the new standard addresses hazards such as hinge issues that have resulted in pinched, cut or amputated fingers or arms; broken and detached wheels; parking brake failures; locking mechanism problems; restraint issues, such as a child unbuckling the restraint and restraint breakage or detachment; structural integrity; and stability. The standard incorporates by reference the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F833-13b), with a modification to address head entrapment hazards associated with multi-positional/adjustable grab bars.
Under this standard a stroller is a wheeled vehicle used to transport children, usually from infancy to 36 months old and generally in a sitting up or semi-reclined position, by a person pushing on an attached handle. Carriages are wheeled vehicles made to transport an infant, usually in a lying down position. Carriages and strollers within the scope of the new standard include full-size 2D strollers that fold in front-to-back (or back-to-front), 3D strollers that fold in front-to-back (or back-to-front) as well as side-to-side, travel systems (including car seats), and tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant and jogging strollers.