Background

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments through Aug. 2 on its proposal to issue a mandatory safety standard for booster seats. The proposed standard would incorporate by reference ASTM F2640-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Booster Seats, without modification. If this standard is finalized it will also be a children's product safety rule that requires the issuance of a notice of requirements to explain how laboratories can become accredited as third-party conformity assessment bodies to test products to the new standard.

As defined by ASTM F2640-17, 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, and 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.

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