Relevant for: Toys & children's products
The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F15.22 Subcommittee recently updated the toy safety standard ASTM F963 to 2017 version1. New language is being added to 188.8.131.52 to indicate that the kinetic energy density measurement is only performed on projectiles when the kinetic energy of the projectile exceeds 0.08 J. Without this change, this testing would be performed on all projectiles whether or not they presented a risk of injury. This also aligns with ISO 8124–1 and EN 71–1 requirement.
This responds to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforcement discretion2 for projectile toys with stored energy based from the proposition submitted by the Toy Industry Association (TIA) in March this year. TIA expressed that a drafting error was made on the development of ASTM F963-16 particular to projectile toys with stored energy. In the letter, TIA stated “[t]he intention was that this requirement only be applied to projectiles with a kinetic energy (“KE”) exceeding 0.08 joules. However, through an administrative oversight, this phrase was inadvertently omitted.” CPSC reviewed and agreed to exercise the enforcement discretion immediately as effective of ASTM F963-163 on 30 April 2017 until further notice.