U.S. CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers

Vol. 787 | September 09, 2014

As part of the rulemaking process required by Section 104(b) of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is proposing a new federal regulation 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. The rule proposes to adopt the existing ASTM standard, F2907 – 14a Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers, without any changes.

A “sling carrier,” as defined by the ASTM standard, is “a product of fabric or sewn fabric construction, which is designed to contain a child in an upright or reclined position while being supported by the caregiver’s torso. In general, the child will be between full term birth and 35 lb (15.9 kg).”

The ability to carry an infant in a reclined position is the characteristic that distinguishes sling carriers from soft infant and toddler carriers.

Some of the key requirements addressed by the ASTM F2907-14a standard include:

  • Laundering;
  • Locking and latching;
  • Monofilament threads;
  • Flammability;
  • Marking and labeling; and
  • Instructional literature.

The Commission has proposed that the rule become effective 12 months after the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register. Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted until October 6, 2014.

The Final Rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-23/pdf/2014-16792.pdf

For questions, please contact Laxmi Ravikumar (laxmi.ravikumar@intertek.com, 630-209-9265).

 

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