U.S. CPSC Approves 16 CFR 1227 Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers

Vol. 754 | March 18, 2014

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) has recently voted to approve the new federal mandatory standard 16 CFR 1227 Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers[1].

The final rule is based on the existing ASTM standard, F833 – 13b Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Carriages and Strollers, published by ASTM International, and includes modification to the Passive Containment/Foot Opening requirement to address head entrapment hazards associated with multi-positional/adjustable grab bars. The revision to this test requires any adjustable features in the product to be set to the position “most likely to cause failure,” in order to address the most unsafe openings created irrespective of the manufacturer’s instructions or manufacturer’s use position.

Additional key safety issues addressed by the new federal safety standard include:

  • Parking brake requirements
  • Pinching, scissoring and shearing hazards
  • Wheel and swivel assembly detachments
  • Stability issues

This final rule, 16 CFR 1227, is effective on September 10, 2015. Strollers and carriages manufactured on and after this date shall meet requirements of this rule.

For questions, please contact Laxmi Ravikumar (laxmi.ravikumar@intertek.com, 847-871-1056).

 

 

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