CPSC Votes To Propose Mandatory Standard for Baby Bath Seats

09/12/2003

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently voted unanimously to propose a federal mandatory standard for baby bath seats to help prevent drownings.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously to propose a federal mandatory standard for baby bath seats to help prevent drownings. The safety standard will address the hazards of bath seats tipping over and children slipping through the leg openings and becoming entrapped. The proposed standard also will contain a new warning label.

Three major hazard scenarios have been identified: tip-over of the bath seat; children becoming entrapped and submerged in the leg openings; and children climbing out of the bath seat. The Commission proposes a stability test to prevent tip-over; a test to prevent a child from slipping through the leg openings and becoming entrapped; and a new warning label: "Children have drowned while using bath seats. ALWAYS keep baby within arm's reach. This bathing aid is NOT a safety device. Stop using when a child is able to pull up to a standing position."

The proposed standard will be published in the Federal Register soon for public comment.

Source: CPSC

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