New Safety Standard for High Chairs
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule that, effective June 19, establishes a new mandatory safety standard for high chairs. 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 by reference standard ASTM F404-18 with no modifications. This standard describes a high chair as a free-standing chair for a child up to three years of age that has a seating surface more than 15 inches above the floor and elevates the child normally for the purposes of feeding or eating. High chairs are available in various designs and construction materials often include a plastic, wood, or metal frame and a padded fabric seat. Some models fold for storage and transport or convert for continued use as a child grows. Some designs include a tray or mounted toy accessories, fold for storage and transport, or convert for continued use as a child grows. ASTM F404-18 requires high chairs to have a passive crotch restraint (i.e., two separate bounded openings for the occupant’s legs) and a three-point restraint system. Some designs also include a rigid front torso support or a five-point restraint system with shoulder harnesses.