The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has proposed final rules intended to improve the safety of carriages and strollers. Published in the Federal Register on June 9, 2016, the proposed final rules are open for public comment until July 11, 2016. The revised final rules will now reference ASTM F833-15.
Title 16 CFR 1227 was initially published as a final rule on March 10, 2014 and incorporated by reference the ASTM F833-13b version as mandatory. The ASTM F833-15 was revised and published in November of 2015.
Why It Matters
The revised final rules, making ASTM F833-15 mandatory, will become effective immediately on October 2, 2016 if no adverse comments are received by the Commission.
Proposed final rules for ASTM F833-15 include:
- Definitions for convertible car seat/ stroller, tray/ grab bar locking position, and tray/ grab bar stop position
- Static load test for carriage/ stroller step or footrest
- Revisions for car seat/ stroller combination unit
- Clarification of requirement and test method for passive containment/ foot opening performance
- Labeling clarification for products used for running/jogging/walking fast and equipped with removable-wheel fork assemblies as well as three wheeled strollers
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