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Publication Date Friday, April 14, 2017

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UNITED STATES – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs.

Definitions

  • An “infant bath tub” is a tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces.  The product provides support and/or containment for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver.

Regulation Number

  • 16 CFR 1234

Effective Date

  • October 2, 2017
  • Products manufactured on or after the effective date must meet the new standard

Standard Referenced

  • ASTM F2670-17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs

Hazards Addressed

  • Drowning/near-drowning because the child was left alone in the tub
  • Protrusions/sharp edges or points/lacerations
  • Product failures
  • Entrapment issues
  • Slippery tub surfaces
  • Mold/allergy issues
  • Other issues, including battery-related incidents

Why It Matters

  • The CPSC received 247 reports of incidents related to inclined bath tubs between January 2004 and December 2015, including 31 deaths and 32 injuries.

This rule will make it illegal to sell products in the U.S. that do not meet the regulation.

How UL Can Help

For more details on how UL can help you bring regulatory compliant, safe, and quality products to market contact QAInfo@​ul.​com.   A UL representative will follow up with you soon.

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