New Safety Standard Approved for Frame Child Carriers
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to approve a new federal mandatory safety standard for frame child carriers. This standard incorporates by reference, with no modifications, the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International for these products (ASTM F2549-14a). The standard will become effective Sept. 2, 2016, and will apply to all frame child carriers manufactured or imported on or after that date.
A frame child carrier is made 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.