3 March 2017
Mandatory Standard for Toddler Beds Revised
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a direct final rule revising the mandatory standard for toddler beds to incorporate by reference a more recent version of the applicable ASTM standard for these products (ASTM F1821). This action will become effective on 6 June unless significant adverse comments are received by 24 March.
Section 104(b)(4)(B) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act sets forth a process for updating mandatory durable infant or toddler standards when the voluntary standard upon which the CPSC standard was based is changed. Under that process, when an organisation revises the voluntary standard it must notify the Commission. Unless the CPSC determines within 90 days of receiving the notice that the revision does not improve the safety of the product, the revised standard is considered to be the new mandatory standard effective 180 days from the date the Commission received notice of the revision (or a later date specified by the Commission). On 8 December 2016, ASTM notified the CPSC of its approval and publication of ASTM F1821-16. The CPSC subsequently reviewed the differences between 16 CFR part 1217 and ASTM F1821-16 and determined that the new standard improves the safety of toddler beds.
According to the CPSC, the most recent revision of ASTM F1821 contains the test requirements for side rails that were missing from ASTM F1821-15, which the agency unanimously declined to make a mandatory standard due to an inadvertent omission in that version of the standard. Section 7.5 now includes end structures and side rails in the testing requirements, with section 7.5.1 detailing how to test potential entrapment hazards in end structures and section 7.5.2 explaining how to test potential entrapment hazards in side rails. The changes included in the 2015 version of the standard have also been incorporated. These modifications address potential entrapment hazards between the side rails and mattress support system and provide an exception to the requirement for corner posts to allow canopy post extensions 57 inches or greater on toddler beds without creating any new protrusion or entaglement hazards.