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On July 8, 2019, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff published within the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemakings for Gates and Enclosures (16 CFR 1239).
Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), requires the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission or CPSC) to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be ‘‘substantially the same as’’ applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The Commission is proposing a safety standard for Gates and Enclosures in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the CPSIA.
An expansion gate is a barrier intended to be erected in an opening, such as a doorway, to prevent the passage of young children, but which can be removed by older persons who are able to operate the locking mechanism.
An expandable enclosure is a self-supporting barrier intended to completely surround an area or play-space within which a young child may be confined.
The CPSC staff recommends adopting the requirements specified in ASTM F1004-19, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures as mandatory with no modifications. Once a Final Rule is approved and published in the Federal Register, the tentative effective date will be six months from the date of publication within the Federal Register.
Public comments on the Gates and Enclosures NPR may be submitted up to September 23, 2019.
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