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OCTOBER 2021 - CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
On 28 October 2021, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a direct final rule1 to update the ASTM standard incorporated by reference into the Safety Standard for Infant Swings, codified at 16 CFR Part 1223.
The CPSC has allowed the revised voluntary standard ASTM F2088-212 to become the mandatory standard because the revised requirements, which will apply from 29 January 2022, either improve the safety of infant swings or are safety neutral. The CPSC will withdraw the direct final rule implementing the revisions if a significant adverse comment is received by 29 November 2021.
ASTM F2088-21 was published in June 2021. In August, The ASTM officially notified the Commission that it had published a revised 2021 version of ASTM F2088 that affect the requirements for infant swings.
ASTM F2088-21 applies to swings with a powered mechanism used to provide a swinging or gliding seat/cradle in any direction relative to the frame. The swinging or gliding mechanism can be powered by batteries, AC adapter, wind-up mechanism, or other means. A cradle swing allows the infant to swing while lying flat, and it is intended for children from birth until the infant begins to push up on hands and knees (approximately 5 months). An infant swing enables the infant to swing in a seated position, and it is intended for children from birth until the infant attempts to climb out of the product (approximately 9 months). This specification does not cover products that are intended to provide sleeping accommodations for the occupant.
In June, the CPSC approved a new federal rule to ensure that products marketed or intended for infant sleep3 will provide a safe sleep environment for babies under 5 months old. Beginning mid-2022, any product intended or marketed for infant sleep must meet the mandatory safety standard.