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CPSC Proposes Rules for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools

November 11, 2015

UNITED STATES - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for children’s folding chairs and stools, including:

  • Incorporation by reference of ASTM F2613-14, with certain modifications to strengthen the standard
  • Limitation of the scope of the rule to children's folding chairs and folding stools under section 1232.1.
  • Revision of Section 5.13 (Stability), to specify that all products shall not tip over backwards or sideways when tested in accordance with the stability test methods and provide that tip over shall consist of the product moving past equilibrium and begin to overturn
  • Revision of Section 6.8 (Stability Test Method) to include a test method for sideways stability testing, as well as rear-ward stability testing
  • Addition of Section 6.8.1 to provide the requirements for the test equipment and preparation, and specify the test surface area, test cylinders, and measurement of product seating surface height
  • Addition of Section 6.8.2. to provide the test method for rearward stability and Section 6.8.3 to provide the test method for sideways stability
  • Change in warning statements specifically revising section 7.2: New proposed requirements would provide specific instructions so that warnings are easier to read and are more conspicuous. Some of these requirements include putting the warnings in the English language, using highly contrasting color(s) in non-condensed sans serif type, text size, and placing the label separate and distinct from any other graphic or written material on the product

The notice of proposed rulemaking is open for public consultation until January 4, 2016.

The proposed rulemaking is in accordance with the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), that requires the CPSC to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.

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