On August 2nd, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published the direct final rule to adopt the most recent version of the applicable ASTM Standard (ASTM F833-19) for Carriages and Strollers.
The 2019 version of the ASTM standard adds a new definition, performance requirement, test method, and warning for a “tray/grab bar protective covering”. It is defined as a “component designed and intended as a means to prevent exposure of any underlying accessible foam material.”
Carriages and strollers that have accessible foam trays/grab bars are required to have a protective covering that can withstand 15 lbs without exposing the underlying foam. If the 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.”
CPSC staff’s review of these provisions shows that the additional language will help address incidents of children biting foam on stroller arm bars, which poses a choking hazard.
The rule is effective on November 5th, 2019 unless the Commission receive adverse comments by September 3rd, 2019.