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As part of the rulemaking process required by the 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 1229 Safety Standard for Infant Bouncer Seats. The proposed rule is based on the existing ASTM standard F2167 – 15 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bouncer Seats, with modifications to the warning label requirements.
An “Infant Bouncer Seat” as defined in the ASTM standard is “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.” The standard also clarifies the use for the product to be for ages 0-6 months, with the developmental milestone as when a child can sit up unassisted.
Key safety issues addressed by the ASTM F2167-15 standard include:
To improve the effectiveness of the warning labels on bouncers in reducing the number of fatalities and injuries associated with the product category, the CPSC has recommended the following modifications to the ASTM F2167-15 standard:
The CPSC has proposed that the rule become effective 6 months after the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register. The CPSC is accepting comments on the proposed rule until January 4, 2016.
The Proposed Rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-19/pdf/2015-26386.pdf
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