The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a final rule establishing a new mandatory safety standard for infant bouncer seats. 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 bouncer seats to the new standard. This rule will become effective as of March 19, 2018.

The new standard incorporates standard ASTM F2167-17, with two modifications related to warning label content and placement. This standard defines “infant bouncer seat” as “a freestanding product intended to support an occupant in a reclined position to facilitate bouncing by the occupant, with the aid of a caregiver or by other means.” These items are intended for infants who have not developed the ability to sit up unassisted (approximately 0 to 6 months of age). They vary widely in style and complexity but typically consist of a cloth cover stretched over a wire or tubular frame.

All bouncer seats support the child in an inclined position and some have adjustable seat backs. Various models include a unit that vibrates or bounces the chair and may play music or other sounds. Most bouncer seats also feature an accessory bar with attached toys that are, or at some point will be, within the child’s reach. Most models examined by CPSC staff provide a three-point restraint system consisting of wide cloth crotch restraints and short adjustable waist straps with plastic buckles.

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