US CPSC Updates Safety Standard for Hand-Held Infant Carriers

On 20May 2020, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a direct final rule revising the safety standard for hand-held infant carriers by mandating the latest version of standard ASTM F2050-19 without modification. The rule will become effective on 3 August 2020, unless significant adverse comment would be received by 19 June 2020.

ASTM F2050-19 defines a hand-held infant carrier as a freestanding, rigid-sided or semi-rigid-sided product intended to carry an occupant whose torso is completely supported by the product, to facilitate transportation by a caregiver by means of handholds or handles. The two categories of hand-held infant carriers are; hand-held infant carrier seats and hand-held bassinets/cradles.

To alert the caregiver to fall hazards when use the hand-held carriers alongside shopping carts, the new standard added a new warning pictogram and warning statement stating; “Fall hazard: the carrier can fall from the shopping cart. Don’t use on shopping cart”. The new standard also excludes hand-held bassinets or cradles to bear a warning “never leave child unattended” considering that a child would be expected to sleep unattended in a bassinet or cradle. The Commission states this warning exemption should not be interpreted that such products are absolutely safe for sleep. It is expected that CPSC and ASTM may develop a standard specifically targeted at ensuring infants sleeping products are safe in future.

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