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Mexico Proposes Safety Standards for Infant Walkers, Strollers and Play Yards

The Mexican government is seeking input from interested parties by 19 August on three separate proposals to establish amended mandatory safety standards and test methods for infant walkers (PROY-NOM133/1-SCFI-2015), strollers / baby carriages (PROY-NOM133/2-SCFI-2015) and play yards / playpens (PROY-NOM133/3-SCFI-2015). The proposal on infant walkers includes requirements regarding latching mechanisms, openings, springs, reclining position of the infant, stability, dynamic load, structural integrity, retention of the infant, and sharp edges protrusions or tips. The proposal on strollers includes provisions on safety mechanisms, static load, brake requirements, safety belts, stability, spirally exposed springs, retention systems, retention of the infant, openings, and sharp edges protrusions or tips. For its part, the proposal on play yards would set standards regarding the space between restrictive components, height of guardrails, strength and deformation of guardrails, base resistance, openings, mesh openings, lock or latch mechanisms, base mats, small objects, and sharp edges protrusions or tips.

The proposals also set forth detailed test methods as well as sampling requirements, conformity assessment procedures, and requirements regarding instructions and commercial information. The new standards would enter into force 90 days from the date of publication of a final rule in Mexico’s official journal.

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