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CPSC Approves New Federal Standard for Portable Hook-On Chairs

March 14, 2016

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of portable hook-on chairs and prevent deaths and injuries to young children. A portable hook-on chair is a legless seat attached to a table where the occupant sits and that is supported solely by the table on which the chair is mounted. Portable hook-on chairs are intended for children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years and who weigh no more than 37 pounds.

The new federal standard incorporates by reference the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F1235-15), Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Portable Hook-On Chairs, without modification.

In addition, the new safety standard addresses hazards associated with portable hook-on chairs, including:

  • Compromised attachment
  • Restraint or containment issues
  • Unintended release of seat fabric fastenings
  • Seat fabric separation due to breaking or tearing components
  • Broken structural components

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