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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 056/17

SafeGuardS baby bath tube

Pursuant to the direction of section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), CPSC approved the final rule for Infant Bath Tubs under 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1234.

On 15 March, 2017 the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved the Final Rule [1] for its Infant Bath Tubs safety standard. The decision was in response to the direction of section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) and amends the list of Notice of Requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission under 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1234.

The final rule references voluntary standard ASTM F2670-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs without modification, as the mandatory federal safety standard for Infant Bath Tubs.

The scope of the final rule include products of various designs such as “bucket style” tubs that support a child sitting upright, tubs with an inclined seat for infants too young to sit unsupported, inflatable tubs, folding tubs, and tubs with spa features, such as handheld shower attachments and even whirlpool settings.

This rule will become effective 6 months after the date of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.

ASTM F2670-17 defines an “infant bath tub” as a “tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver.”

On August 14, 2015, CPSC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) for infant bath tubs under 80 FR 48769 that listed all modifications. SGS published a safeguard [2] listing CPSC proposed modifications to strengthen the standard, as a mandatory consumer product safety rule.

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