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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 090/17

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The CPSC is proposing a safety standard for booster seats under 16 CFR Parts 1112 and 1237.

On May 19, 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) unanimously voted for a notice of rulemaking (NPR) to establish a safety standard for Booster Seats [1]. This will be included in the list of notice of requirements (NORs) issued by the Commission. The CPSC issued the proposed rulemaking in response to the direction under section 104(b) of the CPSIA to amend 16 CFR Part 1112 to include 16 CFR 1237 and promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.

The proposed rule will incorporate a reference to the most recent voluntary booster seat standard, developed by ASTM – F2640–17ε1. It will be “substantially the same as” the applicable Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Booster Seats.

Definition of “Booster Seat”

ASTM F2640-17 1 defines a “booster seat” as “a juvenile chair, which is placed on an adult chair to elevate a child to standard dining table height”. The booster seat is made for the purpose of containing a child, up to 5 years of age, and normally for the purposes of feeding or eating. Booster seats may be constructed from a wide variety of materials, including wood, plastic, fabric, metal, and/or foam. The ASTM standard covers combination products when they are in their booster seat configuration. However, the standard does not cover car booster seats, which are also sometimes referred to as “booster seats”.

Submit comments [2] by August 2, 2017.

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