ASTM committee tables changes to address more tip-over data
November 10, 2017,
HIGH POINT — A committee on furniture safety that met here earlier this month tabled any major changes to the voluntary anti-tip standard ASTM F-2057 until it can work further with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to study more comprehensive data on tip-over incidents that the agency is seeking on the issue.
Changes recommended by the CPSC in September 2016 including increasing the anti-tip test weight on clothing storage units from 50 to 60 pounds. The CPSC believes this would represent the 95th percentile of children up to age six and also address the effect of alternate flooring materials such as carpeting on tip over incidents.
As part of its own analysis of the need for any changes to the standard, the committee provided data it received from the CPSC this past spring that included both IDI (In-Depth Investigation) data and NEISS (National Electronic Injury Surveillance System) data relating to tip over incidents from 2005 and 2015. Based on graphs representing some 500 incidents during that period, including some fatalities but mostly injuries, the vast majority of tip-over incidents involved children between ages one-and-a-half and four years old. Around 9% of the injuries reported involved five and six year olds.
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