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UL Offers Testing Services for Soft Infant Carriers

September 17, 2013

UL's Hong Kong laboratories have introduced a new service for the testing of soft infant carriers to help ensure compliance with Section 104(b) of the CPSIA and based on the voluntary ASTM standard for soft infant and toddler carriers (ASTM F2236-13). ASTM F2236-13 establishes performance requirements, test methods and marking requirements to promote safe use of soft infant and toddler carriers. This consumer safety specification is intended to minimize the risk of injury to an infant from the normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse of these products.

A soft infant and toddler carrier is defined as a product, normally of sewn fabric construction, which is designed to contain a full term infant to a toddler, generally in an upright position, in close proximity to the caregiver. In general, the child will weigh between 7 and 45 lb (3.2 and 22 kg).

General requirements of the ASTM F2236-13 standard include testing for hazardous sharp points or edges, small parts, lead in paint, wood parts, locking and latching, permanent warning labels, flammability and toy accessories. Performance requirements include evaluation for leg openings, dynamic and static load, unbounded leg opening and fastener strength and strap retention.

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