U.S. CPSC Revises Safety Standards for Infant Walkers and Infant Swings

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published the direct final rule in the Federal Register revising the safety standards for infant walkers (16 CFR 1216) and infant swings (16 CFR 1223). The final rule will become effective October 7, 2013, and will replace the existing requirements for these durable nursery products that are based on ASTM F977-07: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers, and ASTM F2088-12a: Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, with the revised versions of these ASTM standards, ASTM F977-12 and ASTM F2088-13 respectively.

This final rule revises 16 CFR 1216 to reference the 2012 version of the ASTM standard. ASTM F977-12 Standard for Infant Walkers incorporates all the modifications to the standard ASTM F977-07 listed in the current 16 CFR 1216. The biggest change in the standard is a revised forward stability test procedure for testing certain styles of walkers in section 7.3.2.4. Other changes throughout the standard are mainly editorial changes. 

This final rule revises 16 CFR 1216 to reference the 2013 version of the ASTM standard. ASTM F2088-13 incorporates all the modifications to the standard ASTM F2088-12a listed in the current 16 CFR 1223. The three sections addressed by these changes are:

  • 7.12 Mobile Attachment Strength
  • 8.3.1 Warning Labels
  • 9.2 Instructional Literature

The final rule can be viewed at:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-06-24/pdf/2013-14991.pdf

For further information, please contact:
Ariel Weinstein
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Email: ariel.weinstein@intertek.com

Tim Davis
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Email: tim.davis@intertek.com