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Safety Standard for Residential Garage Door Operators Amended

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has amended the safety standard for automatic residential garage door operators to reflect changes made by Underwriters Laboratories to the entrapment provisions of standard UL 325, Standard for Safety: Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems, Seventh Edition. The amended standard will enter into force on 11 September unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by 13 August, in which case the rule will be withdrawn.

Since the last update of the mandatory rule in 2016, there have been three published revisions of the voluntary standard, UL 325, including publication of the seventh edition in May 2017. On 11 January and 5 July 2017, CPSC staff submitted briefing packages to the Commission recommending that it incorporate the applicable changes to UL 325 because they are likely to reduce the possibility of children becoming entrapped by partially open garage doors. These proposals were accepted by the Commission and are now being implemented.

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