July 24, 2017

On April 7, 2017, The Consumer Product Safety Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking related to Infant Inclined Sleep Products (16 CFR 1236)

DATES: Submit comments by June 21, 2017

Section 104(f)(1) of the CPSIA defines the term “durable infant or toddler product” and lists examples of several categories of durable infant or toddler products, including bassinets and cradles.  The Commission proposes to amend the definition of “durable infant or toddler product” in the consumer registration rule to explicitly include “infant inclined sleep products”.

The inclined sleep products safety standard is an outgrowth of the bassinet/cradle safety standard, addressing products with an incline greater than 10 degrees from horizontal. ASTM simultaneously began work on developing a voluntary standard for inclined sleep products. ASTM published the resulting infant inclined sleep products standard in May 2015, and most recently revised the standard in January of 2017.

This proposed rule would establish a standard for inclined sleep products as a type of durable infant or toddler product under section 104 of the CPSIA  Based on a briefing package prepared by CPSC staff, the NPR would incorporate by reference the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International, ASTM F3118–17, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Inclined Sleep Products.  If finalized, the ASTM standard, as modified, would be a mandatory safety rule under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).