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Safety standard for infant bath tubs in effect

Regulation aims to prevent infant drownings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Product Safety Commission has instituted a new federal safety standard for infant bath tubs that aims to reduce the number of infant deaths associated with drowning.

The regulation makes it illegal to sell infant bath tubs in the U.S. that were made on or after Oct. 2, 2017, if they do not meet the new standard. The standard, which was approved by the CPSC Commissioners with a 5-0 vote this past March, requires improvements to the warning statements printed on infant bath tubs. These warnings aim to protect babies by providing parents and other caregivers information about drowning and fall hazards and how to avoid them.

The bath tubs also must meet improved performance requirements that address infant bath tub breakage and broken locking mechanisms. The new federal standard incorporates the most recent ASTM International voluntary standard ASTM F2670-17.

For more details on the regulation, visit the Federal Register's Safety Standard for Infant Bath Tubs.

Between 2004 and 2015 there were 31 infant deaths associated with infant bath tubs that were reported to the CPSC. Thirty of these deaths involved drowning when a caregiver was not present. In addition, the Commission estimates there are 2,300 infant bath tub injuries that were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms during the same period.

Even with the new standard in place, the CPSC advises parents and caregivers to follow the following safety tips regarding infant bath tubs.

  • Never leave young children alone for any period of time near any water
  • Always keep a young child in a bath tub within arm’s reach. If you must leave, take the child with you.
  • Don’t leave a baby or toddler in a bath tub under the care of another young child
  • Learn CPR as it can help save lives when every second counts
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Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today
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I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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