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Mandatory Safety Standard Proposed for Portable Hook-On Chairs

Thursday, July 02, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a proposed rule that would establish a mandatory safety standard for portable hook-on chairs. Comments on this proposal are due no later than Sept. 15.

Hook-on chairs are specifically identified in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act as a durable infant or toddler product for which the CPSC is required to promulgate safety standards. Such standards are to be substantially the same as applicable voluntary standards or more stringent if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The standard being proposed is unchanged from the current voluntary standard ASTM F1235-15 (Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Hook-On Chairs).

ASTM F1235-15 defines a portable hook-on chair as usually a legless seat constructed to locate the occupant at a table in such a position and elevation so that the surface of the table can be used as the feeding surface for the occupant and supported solely by the table on which it is mounted. The appropriate ages and weights for children using portable hook-on chairs is between six months and three years and no more than 37 lb. (16.8 kg). Typical hook-on chairs consist of fabric over a lightweight frame with a device to mount the seat to a support surface such as a table or counter. Some hook-on chairs fold for easy storage or transport, and some include a removable tray that can be used in conjunction with a table.

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