Relevant for: Hardlines, Children's products
CPSC recently issued a Final Rule1 for the mandatory safety standard for children’s folding chairs and stools. In addition, the Commission is amending its regulations regarding third party conformity assessment bodies to include the safety standard in the list of Notices of Requirements (NORs) and its regulations establishing requirements for consumer registration of durable infant or toddler products to identify children’s folding stools as a durable infant or toddler product.
The mandatory safety standard incorporates by reference the most recent voluntary standard ASTM F2613–17a2 without modification, and continues to limit its scope to children’s folding chairs and stools as proposed in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR). Non-folding chairs and stools are not included.
A children’s folding chair or stool, as in ASTM F2613-17a, is defined as seating furniture with a seat height of 15 inches or less with a rigid frame that is intended to be used as a support for the body, limbs, or feet of a child when sitting or resting in an upright or reclining position, can be folded for transport or storage, and may include a rocking base. The product is intended to be used by a single child who can get out of the chair unassisted.
ASTM has revised ASTM F2613 several times since the NPR is issued in Oct. 2015 to address the issues raised in NPR. The current version, ASTM F2613–17a now:
- clarifies that chairs that fold are required to either have a latching or locking mechanism to prevent folding of the chair by the child, or have adequate hinge-line clearance to prevent pinching and lacerations during folding;
- includes a sideways stability test, in addition to a rearward stability test;
- specifies that Warning label that contains statements consistent with the proposed language in the NPR.
This rule will become effective from 15 June 2018.