March 16, 2015
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved ASTM F2549-14a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Frame Child Carriers. The new federal safety standard was developed with the goal of preventing deaths and injuries to infants and young children.
The standard defines that a frame child carrier is made of sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame and is designed to carry a child who weighs between 16 pounds and 50 pounds and who is able to sit upright unassisted.
The standard addresses the following hazards associated with frame child carriers:
- Sharp points
- Small parts
- Lead in paint
- Flammability requirements
- Scissoring, shearing, pinching
- Exposed coil springs
- Locking and latching (for carriers that fold for storage)
- Unintentional folding (for carriers with kick stands that can stand freely)
- Protective components
- Structural integrity
- Leg openings (to help prevent smaller occupants from falling out of the carrier through a single leg opening)
- Dynamic strength (tests the frame, fasteners, and seams/stitching under dynamic conditions to help prevent breakage or separation)
- Static load (ensures the carrier can hold three times the maximum recommended weight)
- Stability (for carriers that can stand freely)
- Restraints (requires that all carriers have a restraint system and also provides a method for testing the restraints)
- Handle integrity (helps prevent the handle from breaking or separating when it is pulled with three times the maximum recommended weight)
This standard is set to take effect 18 months after its publication in the Federal Register and will apply to covered products manufactured or imported on or after that date.