23 Sept 2019
Infant Bath Seat Standard Revised
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising its mandatory standard for infant bath seats to incorporate by reference the most recent version of the applicable ASTM voluntary standard, ASTM F1967–19. This rule is effective 22 December unless significant adverse comment is received by 21 October, in which case the CPSC will withdraw the direct final rule.
The ASTM standard for infant bath seats establishes performance requirements, test methods and labelling requirements to address hazards to children associated with infant bath seats, including stability, restraints, suction cups, latching and locking mechanisms, and resistance to collapse. Products commonly referred to as bath rings are also included in the scope of this specification, but traditional infant bath tubs that are used to bathe an infant do not fall within the scope.
The CPSC has determined that the changes made in ASTM F1967–19 will either improve the safety of infant
bath seats or are neutral with respect to safety. Therefore, it will allow the revised voluntary standard to become effective as a mandatory consumer product safety standard under the statute effective 22 December.