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USA: CPSC updated safety standard for toddler beds

OCTOBER 2019 - Relevant for: CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently issued a direct final rule1 updating the mandatory standard for toddler beds. Toddler beds are children’s products, samples of these products must be tested by a third party conformity assessment body whose accreditation has been accepted by the Commission.

Effective 27 January 2020, toddler beds must observe safety requirements by reference the latest version of standard ASTM F1821–19e12 without modification. In case receives a significant adverse comment before 25 November 2019, the Commission would withdraw this direct final rule.

The ASTM standard defines a toddler bed as any bed sized to accept a full-size crib mattress and is intended for use by a child not less than 15 months of age and who weighs no more than 50 lb (27.7 kg).

Comparing to the current mandatory standard ASTM F1821–16 for toddler beds, the new standard mainly updated the performance and test requirements for mattress support system attachment and side rails. Some toddler beds have separate mattress support systems and side rail attachments to the end structure, so this change clarified that both the mattress support system and the side rail attachments must be tested. It improves the safety of toddler beds.

Last month, the Commission approved updates to 16 CFR 1130 consumer registration program3 for durable infant or toddler products rule.

[1] 16 CFR Part 1217

[2] ASTM F1821–19e1

[3] CPSC strength registration program for durable infant or toddler products, Sep 2019

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