24 Sept 2019
Registration Programme for Durable Infant Products Updated
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has updated a consumer registration programme established under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. That law required manufacturers of durable infant or toddler products to establish a consumer registration programme to enable consumers to receive direct notification in the event of a product recall.
Durable infant or toddler products are defined as products for use by children under the age of five years, including cribs, toddler beds, high chairs, strollers and swings. Mandatory standards for durable infant or toddler products are codified in 16 CFR part 1130, with definitions found in parts 1215-1235 and 1237-1238. Part 1236 is reserved for inclined infant sleep products, for which there have been several recent recalls.
The CPSC has now made the following changes to clarify the products covered by the rule:
- state the full statutory definition of “durable infant or toddler product” in section 104(f)(1);
- specify that the listed product categories are further defined in the applicable mandatory standards;
- list “sling carriers,” “soft infant and toddler carriers,” “handheld infant carriers” and “frame child carriers” as a subset of infant carriers to avoid confusion regarding whether they are subject to the consumer registration rule and to reflect each product category using the name of the applicable mandatory standard;
- clarify that “bedside sleepers” are a subset of bassinets to avoid confusion regarding whether they are subject to the consumer registration rule and to reflect the product name used in the mandatory standard; and
- revise the term “changing tables” to “baby changing products” to reflect the product name used in the mandatory standard.
These amendments will apply from 24 October, except that consumer registration for contoured changing pads (a sub-category of baby changing products) will be required from 24 September 2020.