6 Aug 2019
Mandatory Standards for Strollers and Carriages Updated
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has updated the mandatory safety standard for carriages and strollers by incorporating by reference all updates that have been made to the ASTM voluntary standard for such products (ASTM F833–19). The update will enter into force on 5 November unless the CPSC receives significant adverse comment by 3 September.
The ASTM standard for carriages and strollers establishes performance requirements, test methods and labelling requirements to address hazards to children associated with carriages and strollers, including stability, brakes, restraint systems, latches and folding mechanisms, structural integrity, cords, wheel detachments and entrapment. Two changes to the safety standard are (i) a new performance requirement for a tray/grab bar protective covering and (ii) the addition of a failure mode to static load tests.
Carriages and strollers that have accessible foam trays/grab bars are required to have a protective covering that can withstand 15 pound-force without exposing the underlying foam. If the grab bar covering is removable, the foam is required to have a warning that states ‘‘WARNING Children can choke on foam. Only use with the cover installed.’’ For stability testing, ‘‘failure to support the test weight’’ is now explicitly added to the testing requirements. These requirements are in addition to the current standards of failure in the case of the collapse of the product or a component of the product, sharp edges or points and small parts. Tricycles and similar products are not covered by these standards even if an adult-controlled handle is attached.