Vol. 1112 | 05 Nov 2019

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 approved the new ASTM F1821-19ε1 to be incorporated in the federal regulation: 16 CFR 1217 – Safety Standard for Toddler Beds.

A toddler bed, as defined by the standard, is “any bed sized to accommodate a full-size crib mattress having minimum dimensions of 515/8 in. (1310 mm) in length and 271/4 in. (690 mm) in width and is intended to provide free access and egress to a child not less than 15 months of age and who weighs no more than 50 pounds (27.7 kg).”

The ASTM F1821-19ε1 is the third revision to the standard since the commission adopted ASTM F1821-16 in a direct final rule.

The revisions from the ASTM F1821-16 to the ASTM F1821-19ε1 version of the standard primarily provide clarity to test methods and standard, along with some editorial changes. Significant changes to the standard include:

  • Definition for the term ‘corner posts’ added to provide clarity
  • The mattress support and side rails integrity requirements and test method were revised to ensure consistent testing

The ASTM F1821-19ε1 standard becomes the mandatory Safety Standard for Toddler Beds effective January 27, 2020, unless the CPSC receives any adverse comments by November 25, 2019. Toddler beds manufactured on and after this date shall meet requirements of this rule and additionally will also require certification per 16 CFR 1110 based on testing at a CPSC approved third party accreditation body (third party lab) for 16 CFR 1217 per the revised ASTM F1821-19ε1 standard.

The Final Rule can be reviewed at: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-10-25/pdf/2019-23305.pdf

For questions, please contact Laxmi Ravikumar (laxmi.ravikumar@intertek.com, +1-630-209-9265).


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