CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tub

New Federal Safety Standard

To help keep infants and toddlers safe, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal standard intended to improve the safety of infant bath tubs and prevent drownings.  

An “infant bath tub” is defined as a tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into a standard bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces. The product provides support and/or containment for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver. The infant bath tub category covers a variety of products, including bucket-style tubs, inflatable tubs, foldable tubs, and bath tubs with spa features, such as “whirlpool” settings, “separate whirlpool” settings, and separate handheld showers.

The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2670-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs). The mandatory standard contains several requirements for infant bath tubs, including:

  1. latching and locking mechanism requirements
  2. static load testing
  3. drowning and fall warnings, markings, and instructions

Between January 2004 and December 2015, a total of 247 incidents were reported to CPSC involving infant tubs – 31 fatal and 216 nonfatal. Of the 216 non-fatal incidents, 32 reports involved an injury to the infant during use of the product.   

The most frequent hazard patterns associated with infant bath tubs include:

  1. drowning/near-drowning because the child was left alone in the tub
  2. protrusions or sharp edges and points causing lacerations
  3. product failures
  4. entrapment issues
  5. slippery tub surfaces
  6. mold/allergy issues
  7. battery-related incidents, and others

The effective date for the new mandatory infant bath tub standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register. 

Find more information here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2017/CPSC-Approves-New-Federal-Safety-Standard-for-Infant-Bath-Tubs


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