The US Consumer Products Safety Commission has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for infant sleep products, proposing to adopt ASTM F3118-17a with modifications that would make it more stringent.

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On October 16, 2019, CPSC issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for infant sleep products that are not currently covered by bassinets and cradles, full size/non-full size cribs, play yards and bedside sleepers. The supplemental NPR proposes to adopt ASTM F3118-17a with modification that would make it more stringent than the standard.

The modification:

  • Changes the standard’s introduction and scope to state that the purpose of the standard is to address all infant sleep products not already covered by traditional sleep product standards
  • Removes the term “inclined” under the definitions of accessory, compact, infant inclined sleep products, and new born inclined sleep products
  • States that the maximum allowable seat back angle intended for sleep must be equal to or less than 10 degrees in all recommended use positions
  • Adds a requirement that infant sleep products must meet 16 CFR 1218 requirements
  • Removes all the performance requirements except for the above new or modified requirements
  • Removes all test methods except for maximum seat back angle

The supplemental NPR also proposes the following:

  • Infant sleep products must meet the warning requirements in the bassinet and cradle standard, instead of those stated in ASTM F3118-17a
  • 16 CFR 1130 to include “infant sleep products” as a category of durable infant or toddler product in consumer registration rule
  • 16 CFR 1112 to add infant sleep products to the list of products that require third party testing

Types of infant sleep product that are covered by the supplemental NPR are frame-type inclined sleep products, hammocks, compact inclined sleep products and accessory inclined sleep products. The supplemental NPR does not propose to include products with adjustable seat back positions that are covered by other standards in inclined positions, e.g., bouncers, rockers, hand-held carriers, or infant swings, unless they have a seat back angle that is specifically marketed for sleep for children 5 months or younger.

View the supplemental NPR here.

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