The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new safety standard for infant bath tubs. 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 infant bath seats to the new standard. This rule will become effective as of Oct. 2.

The new standard incorporates by reference voluntary standard ASTM F2670-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs, without modification. ASTM F2670-17 defines an infant bath tub as a tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into an adult bath tub or sink or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver. Falling within this definition are products of various designs, including bucket-style tubs that support a child sitting upright, tubs with an inclined seat for infants too young to sit unsupported, inflatable tubs, folding tubs, and tubs with spa features such as handheld shower attachments and even whirlpool settings. The ASTM standard permits infant bath tubs to have a permanent or removable passive crotch restraint as part of their design but does not permit any additional restraint systems that require action on the part of the caregiver to secure or release. Products commonly known as bath slings, which are typically made of fabric or mesh, are excluded from this standard.


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