US CPSC Approves New Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs


US FlagUS/Washington: Consumer Product Safety Commission LogoUS Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) approves new federal standard intended to improve the safety of Infant Bath Tubs and prevent drownings.

The new federal safety standard incorporates the most recent voluntary standard developed by ASTM International (ASTM F2670-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs). This mandatory standard contains several requirements for Infant Bath Tubs, including the following:

  • Latching and locking mechanism requirements
  • Static load testing
  • Drowning and fall warnings, markings, and instructions

How big is the problem?

Between January 2004 and December 2015, a total of 247 incidents were reported to CPSC involving infant tubs—31 fatal and 216 non-fatal. Of the 216 non-fatal incidents, 32 reports involved an injury to the infant during use of the product.

The most frequent hazard patterns associated with infant bath tubs include:

  • Drowning/near-drowning because the child was left alone in the tub
  • Protrusions/sharp edges or points/lacerations
  • Product failures
  • Entrapment issues
  • Slippery tub surfaces
  • Mold/allergy issues
  • and other issues, including battery-related incidents

The effective date for the new mandatory infant bath tub standard is six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

You can read the full announcement here:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Newsroom/News-Releases/2017/CPSC-Approves-New-Federal-Safety-Standard-for-Infant-Bath-Tubs

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CPSC release number: 17-123
Recalls Direct RIN: 8482-2017
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