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As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new federal regulation: 16 CFR 1232 Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools. The rule proposes to adopt the existing ASTM standard F2613 – 14 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Children’s Chairs and Stools, with some changes.
The ASTM standard defines a “children’s chair” as “seating furniture with a rigid frame that is intended to be used as a support for the body, limbs, or feet of a child when sitting or resting in an upright or reclining position.” “Children’s stools” are considered a subset of chairs, “children’s chair without back or armrests.” Further, the standard defines “folding chairs” and “folding stools” as “children’s chair or stool which can be folded for transport or storage.”
The proposed 16 CFR 1232 modifies certain key requirements of the ASTM standard as follows:
Some significant features addressed by the ASTM F2613-14 standard include:
The CPSC has proposed that the rule become effective 6 months after the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted until January 4, 2016.
The Final Rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26385.pdf
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