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CPSC Corrects Rule with New Safety Standard for Infant Carriers, Reviews Info Collection on Cribs

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

As previously reported, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recently published a final rule establishing a mandatory safety standard for handheld infant carriers. The Commission subsequently found and is now correcting two inadvertent errors in the final rule that made incorrect references to certain sections of ASTM F2194-13.

Scheduled to enter into force in June 2014, the new mandatory standard is based on the voluntary standard ASTM F2050-13a, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Hand-Held Infant Carriers.” ASTM F2050-13a defines a handheld infant carrier as a freestanding, rigid-sided product intended to carry an occupant whose torso is completely supported by the product to facilitate transportation by a caregiver by means of hand-holds or handles. This standard references two types of such carriers: handheld bassinets/cradles that incline 10 degrees or less from horizontal and sit directly on the floor, and handheld carrier seats that incline more than 10 degrees from horizontal and are often used as car seats or as attachments to strollers or high chair bases. The CPSC adds that its standard also applies to semi-rigid-sided products such as Moses baskets, which are freestanding products with a rest/support surface to facilitate sleep that typically has semi-rigid sides and handholds or handles intended to allow carrying an occupant.

Separately, the CPSC will accept comments from interested parties by Feb. 24 on the proposed extension on an information collection associated with the safety standards for full-size and non-full-size baby cribs. Section 8 and 9 of ASTM F1169-13, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Full-Size Baby Cribs, contain requirements for marking, labeling and instructional literature that fall within the definition of “collections of information.” Section 9 also requires full-size cribs to be provided with instructions regarding assembly, maintenance, cleaning, storage and use, an assembly drawing, a list and description of all parts and tools required for assembly, and a full-size diagram of the required bolts and other fasteners, as well as a variety of warnings. Sections 9 and 10 of ASTM F406-10a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs, contain similar requirements.

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