USA Introduces New Requirements to Hand-Held Infant Carriers
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published amendments of the Code of Federal Regulation Title 16 CFR - Part 1225 “Safety standard for hand-held infant carriers” on May 20, 2020.
The amendments are built upon the new version of standard ASTM F2050-19 “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Hand-Held Infant Carriers” that has been approved on December 15, 2019 and replaced ASTM F2050-13a.
The standard establishes performance requirements, test methods, and marking requirements to promote safe use of hand-held infant carriers.
According to the standard, a hand-held infant carrier is a freestanding, rigid-sided or semi-rigid-sided product intended to carry an occupant whose torso is completely supported by the product to facilitate transportation by a caregiver by means of hand-holds or handles.
It should be mentioned that in the previous version of the standard the definition of the hand-held infant carrier didn’t include semi-rigid-sided product but was indicated in the 16 CFR - Part 1225 - section 3.1.3. So now this flub is corrected.
Additionally, warning and recommendations on the fall hazard from the use of the carrier on the shopping cart were added to the standard and must be followed by manufacturers when drawing up an instruction of use.
Please note that the amended provisions will come in force from August 3, 2020.
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