The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is requiring manufacturers of products for infants and toddlers to take steps to keep in touch with people who purchase cribs, strollers, bassinets, and other items from those manufacturers. On December 16, 2009, the CPSC voted unanimously to approve the new rulethat will require manufacturers of durable infant and toddler products to establish and maintain a registration card program.
Under the new rule, manufacturers will have to provide postage-paid consumer registration forms with every infant and toddler product and keep records of those who register. The final rule prescribes the text and format for registration cards and establishes requirements for registration through the internet. The rule also requires that manufacturers establish a means of permanently placing the manufacture’s name and contact information, model name and number, and the date of manufacture on each product. According to the statement of Commissioner Thomas H. Moore, the CPSC intends that the product registration cards will promote a higher rate of product registrations and, in turn, provide better notification for product owners, thereby increasing the overall effectiveness of the recall process and preventing unnecessary deaths from durable infant and toddler products.
For manufacturers of full-size cribs and nonfull-size cribs, toddler beds; high chairs, booster chairs, and hook-on chairs; bath seats; gates and other enclosures for confining a child; play yards; stationary activity centers; infant carriers; strollers; walkers; swings; and bassinets and cradles, the final rule goes into effect 180 days after publication in the Federal Register. For manufacturers of children’s folding chairs; changing tables; infant bouncers; infant bathtubs; portable toddler bed rails; and infant slings the final rule goes into effect 365 days after publication in the Federal Register. For all product categories not listed, there is no current registration requirement imposed. However, the CPSC has reserved the right to make any future additions to the list through notice and comment rulemaking.
Acknowledgement: Kristin M. Stastny, an associate in Dorsey’s regulatory affairs practice group prepared the following post on CPSC-rulemaking under CPSIA.