New Safety Standard Issued for Booster Seats
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new mandatory safety standard for booster seats. This standard, which will become effective Jan. 2, 2020, 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 F2640-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Booster Seats, without modification. As defined by the ASTM standard, a booster seat is a juvenile chair placed on an adult chair to elevate a child to standard dining table height. It is made for the purpose of containing a child up to five years of age, normally for the purposes of feeding or eating. A booster seat may be height-adjustable and include a reclined position.
Booster seats may be constructed from a wide variety of materials, including wood, plastic, fabric, metal, and/or foam. Most booster seats, notably those intended for home use, have removable trays, allowing a table to be used as an alternative eating surface. Some booster seats are intended to double as floor seats for toddlers, and others are high chair/booster seat combination products. The standard does not cover car booster seats.