U.S. CPSC Proposes 16 CFR 1230 Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers

Vol. 767 | May 29, 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) is proposing a new federal regulation – 16 CFR 1230 Safety Standard for Frame Child Carriers. The proposed rule is based on the existing ASTM standard, F2549 – 14 Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Frame Child Carriers, with a modification to the occupant retention system test criteria.

A “frame child carrier” is defined in the ASTM standard as “a product normally of sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame, which is designed to carry a child, in an upright position, on the back of the caregiver.”

Key safety issues addressed by the ASTM F2549-14 include:

  • Structural integrity
  • Stability
  • Leg opening requirements

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 July 30, 2014.

The proposed rule can be viewed at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-05-16/pdf/2014-11193.pdf

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


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