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CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools


Release Date: December 20, 2017

Release Number: 18-068

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a new federal standard intended to improve the safety of children’s folding chairs and stools.

The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2613-17a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Children’s Chairs and Stools), but limits the scope of the CPSC standard to children’s folding chairs and stools. The mandatory standard contains several requirements for children’s folding chairs and stools, including:

  1. latching and locking mechanism or adequate hinge-line clearance requirements,
  2. rearwards and sideways stability testing, and
  3. warning labels.

Between January 2003 and August 2017, CPSC received a total of 153 reports of incidents, including 105 injuries, related to children’s folding chairs and stools.

The most frequent injuries associated with children’s folding chairs and stools include pinching, finger injuries and tip-overs due to instability.

The effective date for the new mandatory children’s folding chairs and stools standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

The Commission is required by the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), to issue consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. In the past 7 years, the Commission has approved new federal safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, including full-size cribs, non-full-size cribs, play yards, baby walkers, baby bath seats, children’s portable bed rails, strollers, toddler beds, infant swings, handheld infant carriers, soft infant carriers, framed infant carriers, bassinets, cradles, portable hook-on chairs and infant sling carriers.

The Commission voted unanimously (4-0) to approve the standard on December 8, 2017.

Author: Marianne Halterman

Marianne is a member of the SafeKids Coalition of the Central Shenandoah Valley.

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