New Safety Standard Proposed for Frame Child Carriers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is proposing to establish a mandatory safety standard for frame child carriers. The standard being proposed is based on the voluntary standard ASTM F2549-14 (Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Frame Child Carriers), with one modification to specify requirements for the retention system performance test to provide clear pass/fail criteria for the carrier’s restraints. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Aug. 4.
ASTM F2549-14 defines a frame child carrier as a product normally of sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame that is designed to carry a child, in an upright position, on the back of the caregiver. The intended occupants of frame child carriers are children who are able to sit upright unassisted and weigh between 16 and 50 pounds. Frame child carriers are intended to be worn on the back and suspended from both shoulders of the caregiver’s body in a forward- or rear-facing position. This type of carrier is often used for hiking and typically closely resembles hiking/mountaineering backpacks not intended to be used for transporting children.