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The CPSC commissioners voted unanimously (4-0) to approve the final rule for the safety standard for high chairs, intended for both the home and restaurant use. The new regulation will be codified under U.S Code of Federal Regulation 16 CFR 1231.

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On 8 June, 2018, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved the final rule [1] to establish a safety standard for High Chairs codified under US Federal Regulation 16 CFR 1231. The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F404-18, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for High Chairs), with no modifications. The voluntary standard includes requirements for rearward stability and warning labels and requires that high chairs have a passive crotch restraint and a three-point restraint system.

The effective date for this mandatory high chair standard is on June 19, 2019, 12 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register and applies to products manufactured or imported on or after that date.

Definition of high chair is a freestanding chair for a child up to 3 years of age which has a seating surface that is more than 15 inches above the floor and elevates the child normally for the purposes of feeding or eating.

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All high chairs manufactured 12 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register must meet the requirements of this new regulation, 16 CFR 1231.

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