US Updates Sling Carrier Regulation with CPSC Direct Final Rule
US CPSC publishes a direct final rule for sling carriers to incorporate ASTM F2907-19.
On January 8, 2020, ASTM International informed the CPSC that it had revised its safety standard for sling carriers – ASTM F2907-19. The latest version of the standard includes updated requirements relating to the way sling carriers are marketed and used. These include:
· Use of sling carriers for two occupants (not one)
· Marketing to carry more than the existing test weight of 35 lbs
In addition to complying with ASTM F2907-19 section 5.7.2, the DFR also requires sling carriers to comply with section 5.7.3:
"Warning labels that are attached to the fabric with seams shall remain in contact with the fabric around the entire perimeter of the label, when the sling is in all manufacturer recommended use positions"
ASTM F2907-19 defines 'sling carrier' as a fabric or sewn fabric product that is designed to contain up to two children in an upright or reclined position, while being supported by the caregiver's torso. Ordinarily, sling carriers are used from full-term birth to 35 lb (15.9 kg), unless the manufacturer states a higher weight limit is allowed.
CPSC published direct final rule 16 CFR 1228 on April 20, 2020. It will come into effect on July 6, 2020.
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