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CPSC Published Direct Final Rule on the Revisions to Safety Standard for Sling Carriers (16 CFR 1228) Release Time:2022-09-22

On August 19, 2022, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a direct final rule to revise the regulation 16 CFR 1228 Safety Standard for Sling Carriers. This regulation shall be effective on November 19, 2022.

Each sling carrier shall comply with the ASTM F2907-22 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Sling Carriers. In addition to complying with ASTM F2907-22, each sling carrier shall also comply with the following requirements of warning label in section 5.7.3: 

Warning labels that are attached to the fabric with seams shall remain in contact with the fabric around the entire perimeter of the label, when the sling is in all manufacturer recommended use positions.

A sling carrier is a product of fabric or sewn fabric construction, which is designed to containup to two (2) children in an upright or reclined position while being supported by the caregiver's torso. Sling carriers are normally used from full-term birth to 35 lb (15.9 kg) unless the manufacturer indicates that a higher weight limit is allowed.

Sling carriers exported to the United States need to provide a Children's Product Certificate (CPC) to demonstrate compliance with the appropriate CPSC safety regulations. The CPC certificate and supporting test report must be in English. The CPSC safety regulations that the baby sling needs to meet are:

1. CPSIA section 101 or 15 USC 1278a: Total Lead Content.

2. CPSIA section 103: Tracking labels for children product.

3. CPSIA section 108 and 16 CFR Part 1307: Prohibition of Children's Toys and Child Care Articles Containing Specified Phthalates.

4. 16 CFR 1228: Safety standard for sling carriers

5. 16 CFR Part 1500.44: Method for determining extremely flammable and flammable solids.

6. 16 CFR Part 1500.48: Technical requirements for determining a sharp point in toys and other articles intended for use by children under 8 years of age.

7. 16 CFR Part 1500.49: Technical requirements for determining a sharp metal or glass edge in toys and other articles intended for use by children under 8 years of age.

8. 16 CFR Part 1500.51: Test methods for simulating use and abuse of toys and other articles intended for use by children 18 months of age or less.

9. 16 CFR Part 1501: Small Parts Rule.

10. 16 CFR Part 1303: Paints and Similar Surface Coatings

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