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US CPSC Issues a Direct Final Rule for Sling Carriers

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsMay 28, 2020

The US CPSC has published the direct final rule to incorporate the latest version of the ASTM standard for Sling Carriers.

On April 20, 2020, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published direct final rule 16 CFR 1228 revisions to safety standard for Sling Carriers. The rule incorporates the latest version ASTM F2907-19 (Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers) retaining the additional requirement for warning label attachment and will become effective on July 6, 2020. 

The standard defines “sling carrier” as a product of fabric or sewn fabric construction, which is designed to contain up to two (2) children in an upright or reclined position while being supported by the caregiver's torso. Sling carriers are normally used from full-term birth to 35 lb (15.9 kg) unless the manufacturer indicates that a higher weight limit is allowed.

The revised standard includes updated requirements considering the way sling carriers are marketed or used, i.e. 1) use of sling carriers for two occupants (rather than one) and 2) sling carriers that are marketed to carry more than the existing test weight of 35 lbs.

In addition to complying to ASTM F2907-19 section 5.7.2, sling carriers shall comply with the following:

5.7.3 Warning labels that are attached to the fabric with seams shall remain in contact with the fabric around the entire perimeter of the label, when the sling is in all manufacturer recommended use positions.

Copy of the standard can be purchased at https://www.astm.org/Standards/F2907.htm

Final rule 16 CFR 1228: [https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/04/20/2020-07522/revisions-to-safety-standard-for-sling-carriers]

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