California Passes Flame Retardant Bill on Juvenile Products and Upholstered Furniture

On August 29, 2018, California’s legislature has passed a bill AB 2998, banning the use of flame retardants in juvenile products, upholstered furniture and mattresses.

Flame retardant has the properties of carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity and endocrine interference. This bill stipulates that from January 1, 2020, manufacturers shall not sell or distribute in commerce in this state any new, not previously owned juvenile products, mattresses, or upholstered furniture that contains covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1000 parts per million (1000 ppm). Also, a custom upholsterer shall not repair, reupholster, recover, restore, or renew upholstered furniture or reupholstered furniture using replacement components that contain covered flame retardant chemicals at levels above 1000 parts per million (1000 ppm).