Monday May 11, 2020
Comments on Folding Chairs Are Unlikely to Derail CPSC Rule
Comments on CPSC's Section 104 rulemaking on children's folding chairs were mostly mixed, short, and vague. There were just five. It is doubtful that any would be considered significantly adverse. Thus, this direct final rule likely will become effective July 6 (PSL, 3/30/20).
The lengthiest input came from the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a group that now regularly protests rules that incorporate voluntary standards, saying the practice raises a paywall in front of information needed to comply.
The rest were anonymous and curt, but all were on topic:
In this action, CPSC would update its rules at 16 CFR 1232 with recent revisions in ASTM F2613-19 on children's folding chairs. The substantive changes would address adequate clearance to avoid crushing/laceration/pinch risks in products without latching or locking devices. Gaps would need to be either smaller than 3/16 inches or larger than 1/2.
This is a direct final rule because CPSC already had incorporated the standard. The current rule dates to 2017.