Just in time for the New Year the Consumer Product Safety Commission approved new rules for manufacturers of infant and toddler products.
The rules will require each manufacturer to do the following:
• provide a postage-paid consumer registration form with each product;
•keep records of consumers who register their products with the manufacturer; and
•permanently place the manufacturer's name and contact information, model name and number, and the date of manufacture on each such product. The final rule specifies the text and format for the registration form and establishes requirements for registration through the internet.
The new rules affect 18 different product categories including cribs, toddler beds, high chairs, booster chairs, bath seats, gates, play yards, activity centers, infant carriers, strollers, walkers, swings, bassinets and cradles, children’s folding chairs, changing tables, infant bouncers, infant bathtubs, portable toddler bedrails and infant slings.
The final rule goes into effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register for the first 12 product categories and 365 days for the final six product categories listed. So it will still be a while before these take effect.
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