6 Sept 2019
Mandatory Standards for Infant Bouncer Seats Revised
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising the current mandatory standard for infant bouncer seats to incorporate by reference ASTM F2167-19, the updated version of the ASTM voluntary standard upon which the mandatory standard is largely based. This rule will enter into force on 14 December unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by 7 October.
The ASTM standard for infant bouncer seats includes performance requirements and test methods, as well as requirements for warning labels and instructional literature, to address hazards to children associated with these products. ASTM F2167-19 includes revised requirements for the content and visibility of on-product warning labels as well as editorial revisions that do not alter the substantive requirements of the standard.
Specifically, Section 22.214.171.124 requires testers to place a CAMI dummy in the product, with restraints engaged, and verify whether the required warnings are unobscured by the dummy and are visible above an imaginary horizontal line that crosses the torso of the dummy. The standard also provides a figure demonstrating this requirement. In addition, it includes a note stating that the warning placement requirement only applies to portions of the warning that are in English.
Moreover, Sections 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 in ASTM F2167-19 differ from the 2017 version by requiring an additional phrase in the warning statements that labels must address regarding fall hazards and suffocation hazards. The previous standard, ASTM F2167-17, required as one part of these statements a warning to “ALWAYS use restraints. Adjust to fit snugly.” Under the revised standard, this portion of the warnings must indicate: “ALWAYS use restraints and adjust to fit snugly, even if baby falls asleep.” This revised wording is the same as the wording that 16 CFR part 1229 requires.
The CPSC states that the revisions in ASTM F2167-19 make the standard consistent with the more stringent requirements that the Commission included in 16 CFR part 1229. For this reason, the CPSC has concluded that the revised standard maintains the level of safety that the existing regulation provides.