CPSC proposes standard to address stroller hazards

Washington – The Consumer Product Safety Commission on May 10 voted unanimously to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking (.pdf file) that would establish a safety standard for children's strollers.

The proposed standard incorporates the voluntary ASTM F833-13 standard, with the addition of language regarding scissoring, shearing and pinching hazards associated with folding strollers, according to a CPSC press release.

More than 1,200 stroller-related incidents were reported from 2008 to 2012, the press release states. CPSC said hazards associated with strollers include wheel breakage and detachment, structural integrity issues, and handlebar failures. Injuries include falls, finger amputation and head entrapment.

The rule has a 75-day comment period.