27 March 2012
The New ASTM F2907-12 Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers
The ASTM F2907 – 12 Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers is a new safety specification published by ASTM International to address certain safety concerns identified with the popular juvenile product known as a “sling carrier”. The standard defines a sling carrier as follows:
A sling carrier is “a product of fabric or sewn fabric construction, which is designed to contain a child from birth (full term infant weighing 8 lb (3.6 kg) or more) through 35 lb (15.9 kg), in an upright or reclined position, while being supported by the caregiver’s torso” and a product that is “worn on the front, hip or back of the caregiver, with the child either facing towards or away from the caregiver or reclined on the front only of the caregiver.”
This standard addresses certain safety concerns by the application of various tests to replicate foreseeable use. Following are some examples:
- Structural Integrity Testing
- Application of a static load to evaluate the maximum strength of the components and materials used in the construction of the sling
- Application of a dynamic load to approximate forces that a sling may be subjected to during daily use
- Occupant Retention Testing
- Evaluation of the sling attachment systems for slippage during testing that represents day to day use
- Flammability testing
- Evaluation of the fabric and materials for any flammability hazard
In addition, the standard assists manufacturers with imparting the education to the sling carrier users by providing standardized warnings regarding some of the hazards associated with improper use of the sling carrier and providing standardized images and pictograms regarding the proper infant positioning.
Are you prepared to incorporate these changes in your supply chain and ensure that your products comply with this new standard.
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