March 25, 2014
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of infants’ and children’s carriages and strollers. The Commission voted unanimously in favor of the standard (3 to 0).
The new federal standard incorporates by reference the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F833-13b), Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Carriages and Strollers, with a modification to address head entrapment hazards associated with multi-positional/adjustable grab bars.
In addition, the new safety standard addresses hazards associated with strollers reported to the agency, including:
- Hinge issues that have resulted in pinched, cut, or amputated fingers or arms;
- Broken and detached wheels;
- Parking brake failures;
- Locking mechanism problems;
- Restraint issues, such as a child unbuckling the restraint and restraint breakage or detachment;
- Structural integrity; and
The effective date for the mandatory carriage and stroller standard is 18 months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.