The CPSC has approved the final rule of booster seats, 16 CFR 1237 – Safety Standard for Booster Seats.

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This mandatory Federal regulation 16 CFR 1237 was published on July 2, 2018, which adopts ASTM F2640–18 with no modifications.

Per definition of ASTM, a booster seat is 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. A booster seat may be height adjustable and include a reclined position.


The main performance requirements are:

  • Tray performance (drop and pull) test;
  • Static load;
  • Requirement of child restraint system;
  • Requirement of booster seat attachment;
  • Requirement on structural integrity
  • Requirement for booster seats that are supported on the top of the backrest;
  • Requirements of maximum booster seat dimensions as follows:
    • unsupported backrest height
    • supported backrest dimensions

This 16 CFR1237 will be effective on January 2, 2020 and will apply to products manufactured or imported on and after the effective date.

SGS has dedicated experts and services to assist you in the development of juvenile products and childcare articles. SGS offers physical/mechanical tests, chemical tests, packaging evaluation, inspections to ensure the compliance of your products in target markets.

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SGS Consumer and Retail
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