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From Products Liability Law Daily, April 15, 2014

CPSC approves federal safety standard for soft infant and toddler carriers

By Joe Bichl

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of soft infant and toddler carriers.

Background. The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the CPSC to issue federal safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. Since the CPSIA’s inception, the Commission has promulgated safety standards for children’s products, including full-size cribs, non-full-size cribs, play yards, baby walkers, baby bath seats, children’s portable bed rails, toddler beds, infant swings, bassinets and cradles, hand-held infant carriers, bedside sleepers, and strollers.

Soft infant and toddler carriers defined. A soft infant and toddler carrier is “normally made of sewn fabric construction, designed to hold a full-term infant from 7 pounds to toddlers up to 45 pounds in an upright position,” according to a CPSC news release. The carrier allows a parent or caregiver to carry a child closely to their front, back or hip. Slings and framed carriers are excluded from this standard and are covered by separate voluntary standards.

Standards provisions. The new federal standard incorporates by reference, without modification, the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2236-14), Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers, according to the standard. The new safety standard addresses hazards associated with soft infant and toddler carriers, including:

  • Infant falls

  • Structure, fit, and position issues

  • Strap issues

  • Stitching and seam issues.

CPSC has received some 125 incident reports related to soft infant and toddler carriers that occurred from January 1, 1999, through July 15, 2013. Four of those incidents resulted in fatalities.

The safety standard is effective on September 29, 2014, and applies to all soft infant and toddler carriers manufactured or imported on or after that date.

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