On 30 January 2017, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published the final rule1 for 16 CFR Part 12282on safety standard for sling carriers in Federal Register.
The final rule provides that sling carriers must comply with the ASTM standard F2907-15, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers, with one modification.
The modification is that warning labels which are attached with seams must remain in contact with the fabric around the entire perimeter of the label. This warning labeling requirement is more stringent than ASTM F2907-15 and is intended to reduce the chance of injury associated with sling carriers.
A sling carrier is defined in ASTM F2907-15 as 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. Children starting at full term birth to those weighing up to 35 pounds are typically users of sling carriers.
Effective date of this final rule is 30 January 2018, which is 12 months from the publication of Federal Register.