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USA - CPSC Approves new federal mandatory standard for Infant Bouncer Seats

2017/09/12Global

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal mandatory standard to improve the safety of infant bouncer seats and prevent deaths and injuries to babies.

The CPSC has proposed that the rule become effective 6 months after the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register.

Infant bouncer seats support babies in a reclined position and allow them to bounce. This durable infant product is intended for infants up to 6 months old who have not developed the ability to sit up unassisted.

The new federal standard is based on the existing voluntary standard, ASTM F2167-17. The ASTM standard improved the requirements for stability to address tip-over incidents and for the battery compartment to address incidents involving battery leakage, corrosion, and overheating.

The Commission’s more stringent requirements are intended to further reduce the risk of serious head injuries associated with falls from elevated surfaces, such as tables and counter tops. The mandatory standard will make fall hazard warnings more visible to caregivers, by requiring the label to be placed on the front of the bouncer seat near the baby’s head and shoulders. Caregivers are also instructed to use restraints even if a baby falls asleep in the bouncer, which is a likely occurrence.

CPSC recommends the following tips to parents and caregivers when using an infant bouncer seat:

•Always use the bouncer on the floor, never on a countertop, table or other elevated surface.

•Never place the bouncer on a bed, sofa, or other soft surface because babies have suffocated when bouncers tipped over onto soft surfaces.

•Always use restraints and adjust restraints to fit snugly, even if baby falls asleep.

•Stay near and watch the baby during use.

•Stop using the bouncer when a child is able to sit up on his/her own or the baby reaches 20 lbs. or the manufacturer’s recommended maximum weight.

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