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On June 18, 2019, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission approved Final Rule 16 CFR 1238, a safety standard for Stationary Activity Centers.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 098/19

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On June 18, 2019, the CPSC approved Final Rule 16 CFR 1238, a safety standard for Stationary Activity Centers. The rule adopts ASTM F2012-18e1 (Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Stationary Activity Centers) with no modifications and will become effective on December 18, 2019.

The standard defines stationary activity center as, “a freestanding product intended to remain stationary that enables a sitting or standing occupant whose torso is completely surrounded by the product to walk, rock, play, spin or bounce, or all of these, within a limited range of motion”.

The standard includes the following requirements:

  1. General requirements:
    • Hazardous sharp edges or points
    • Small parts
    • Wood Parts
    • Latching or locking mechanisms
    • Openings
    • Scissoring, shearing, pinching
    • Exposed coil springs
    • Labeling
    • Toys
    • Protective components
    • Spring supported stationary activity center
    • CPSIA requirements
  2. Performance requirements:
    • Structural integrity (dynamic and static load)
    • Leg openings
    • Stability
    • Motion resistance for open base stationary activity centers
  3. Marking and labeling
  4. Instructional literature

Copy of the standard can be purchased here.

Final rule 16 CFR 1238 >

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Next Step

All stationary activity centers manufactured starting December 18, 2019 must meet the requirements of 16 CFR 1238 and must be 3rd party tested by a CPSC accepted test laboratory.

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Piyush Shah
SGS Consumer and Retail
Technical Director (Hardlines)
t: +1 (973) 461-7953

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