New Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that will, effective June 15, 2018, establish a new mandatory safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools. This standard is a children's product safety rule that will require the issuance of a notice of requirements to explain how laboratories can become accredited as third-party conformity assessment bodies to test these items to the new standard.
The new standard incorporates standard ASTM F2613-17a. This standard describes a children’s folding chair or stool as seating furniture with a seat height of 15 inches or less with a rigid frame that (a) is intended to be used as a support for the body, limbs, or feet of a child when sitting or resting in an upright or reclining position, (b) can be folded for transport or storage, and (c) may include a rocking base. The product is intended to be used by a single child who can get out of the chair unassisted.