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Mandatory Safety Standards for Gates and Enclosures under Consideration

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is seeking input by 23 September on a proposal to establish mandatory safety standards for gates and enclosures, thereby fulfilling its statutory mission to establish such standards on a range of durable infant or toddler products. The proposed rule would incorporate by reference and without change voluntary standard ASTM F1004–19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures, which the CPSC concluded sufficiently addresses many of the general hazards associated with the use of children’s gates and enclosures such as wood parts, sharp points, small parts, lead in paint, scissoring, shearing, pinching, openings, exposed coil springs, locking and latching, and protective components.

ASTM F1004–19 covers products known as expansion gates and expandable enclosures, or by any other name, that are intended for young children aged six months through 24 months. ASTM has stated that the standard applies to all children’s gates, including non-expandable, fixed-sized gates and enclosures. The standard includes general requirements, performance requirements, test methods, marking and labelling requirements, and requirements regarding instructional literature.

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