US updates its safety standard for children’s
folding chairs and stools.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has
published a direct rule revising its safety standard for children’s folding
chairs and stools. Direct final rule 16 CFR 1232 amends the standard by
incorporating the latest version of ASTM F2613-19 – Standard Consumer Safety
Specification for Children’s Chairs and Stools. The adoption has been done
Folding chairs and stools are defined within the
“Children’s chair or stool which can be folded for
transport or storage.”
Stakeholders should be aware the primary change brought
in by ASTM F2613-19 is the requirement that, to provide protection for fingers,
hands and toes, all products without latching and locking mechanisms must have
a hinge gap greater than or equal to ½ inch.
The direct final rule was published on April 1,
2020, and it will come into effect on July 6, 2020.
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