CPSC Proposes New Standards For Children’s Folding Chairs, Stools

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has introduced a proposed rule for children’s folding chairs and stools. It would establish a safety standard for children's folding chairs and stools under the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

The CPSC’s rule defines a “children’s chair” as seating furniture with a rigid frame that is intended to be used as a support for the body, limbs or feet of a child when sitting or resting in an upright or reclining position. A “children's stool” is defined as a “children’s chair without back, or armrest.” The definition also defines “folding chair” and “folding stool” as “a children's chair or stool which can be folded for transport or storage.” The standard covers a chair or stool intended to be used by a single child who can get in and get out of the product unassisted and with a seat height of 15 inches or less, with or without a rocking base.

The rule would incorporate the voluntary standard ASTM F2613-14, with several modifications. The CPSC has proposed certain modifications to ASTM F2163-14. These include limiting the scope of the proposed mandatory standard to children's folding chairs and folding stools, changing the stability test method to add a new performance requirement and test method to address sideways stability incidents in addition to rearwards stability incidents, and revising the marking and labeling sections.

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filed under industry-news | october-2015
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