New Mandatory Safety Standard for Stationary Activity Centers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new mandatory safety standard for stationary activity centers. Stated to enter into force Dec. 18, the standard incorporates by reference with no modifications ASTM F2012-18, Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Stationary Activity Centers. The CPSC has also amended its regulations for third-party conformity assessment bodies to include this safety standard in the list of notices of requirements.
SACs are described in ASTM F2012-18 as a freestanding product intended to remain stationary that enables a sitting or standing occupant whose torso is completely surrounded by the product to walk, rock, play, spin, or bounce, or all of these, within a limited range of motion. This definition does not include doorway jumpers. SACs are intended for children who are not yet able to walk but who are able to hold up their heads unassisted. These products vary in style and design complexity but typically consist of a seat that is suspended from a frame by springs or supported from the bottom by a fixed base.
ASTM F2012-18 sets forth test methods and requirements regarding sharp edges or points; small parts; latching or locking mechanisms to prevent unintentional folding; openings; scissoring, shearing, or pinching; exposed coil springs; toy accessories sold with SACs; protective components; spring failures on spring-supported SACs; structural integrity; leg openings; stability (including tip overs and seat tilt); motion resistance; warnings and labels; and instructional literature.