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A new rule that will require makers of durable infant and toddler products to form and maintain a registration card program was approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) last week.

As mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) Sec. 104(d)(1), CPSC is issuing a final consumer product safety rule that will require manufacturers of a durable infant or toddler product to: (1) provide a postage-paid consumer registration form with each product; (2) keep records of consumers who register their products with the manufacturer; and (3) permanently place the manufacturer’s name and contact information, model name and number, and the date of manufacture on each such product.

Eighteen product categories are affected by the new rule, some of which include: full/non-full size cribs; booster chairs; high chairs; toddler beds; strollers; walkers; swings; bassinets and cradles; children’s folding chairs and changing tables; infant bouncers; infant slings and infant bathtubs. A full list can be viewed here.

The agency believes the new rule will help to promote more product registrations which in turn will allow for better notification to product owners of recalls.

The final rule will go into effect 180 days after publication for the first 12 product categories and 365 days for the final six categories.

Read Commissioner Thomas Moore’s statement (PDF), on the final vote. #

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