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On April 1st, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published its Final Rule on Revisions to Safety Standard for Children’s Folding Chairs and Stools (16 CFR 1232). The rule is incorporating ASTM F2613-19 as the mandatory standard.

The resulting standard, ASTM F2613-19, includes one substantive change below:

  • All products without latching and locking mechanisms must have a hinge gap greater than or equal to 1/2‑inch. A minimum 12 inch gap will require that all hinge clearances must be large enough to prevent injury should a child insert their finger in the hinge gap.

Several changes were minor and editorial and do not affect the safety of children’s folding chairs and stools. These changes are explanatory or editorial in nature and non-substantive.

This direct final rule is effective on July 6th, 2020, unless a significant adverse comment is received by May 1st, 2020.