The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted on May 10, 2013 to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) in the Federal Register to create a federal safety standard for strollers.
The proposed stroller standard incorporates the published voluntary ASTM F833-13 standard, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, with one modification which would require the addition of language to address scissoring, shearing, and pinching hazards associated with folding or foldable strollers. Various stroller types, such as travel systems, carriages, tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant, and jogging strollers would be covered by the standard.
CPSC staff recommends that the mandatory standard for strollers become effective 18 months following publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The proposed rule has a 75-day public comment period, at which point comments will be able to be posted directly on Regulations.gov.
Why It Matters
In reviewing more than 1,200 stroller-related incidents, including four fatalities and nearly 360 injuries that occurred from 2008 through 2012, CPSC staff believes that the published standard, with the proposed addition in the NPR, will help reduce the risks associated with the majority of the hazard patterns identified in the review of the stroller incidents.
The proposed rule would also help address finger injuries associated with the folding hinges on folding or foldable strollers. Various stroller types, such as travel systems, carriages, tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant, and jogging strollers would be covered by the standard.
How UL Can Help
UL's consumer products group is registered with the CPSC as an accredited laboratory for CPSIA third-party testing. Our engineers, inspectors, and behavioral scientists can evaluate your products for compliance with the proposed stroller and carriage standards including; mechanical and physical testing, construction and workmanship, stability and durability, and load and overload capacity.
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