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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted 5-0 to set tougher rules for child bath accessories, namely infant bath seats.

The federal standard for baby bath seats is the first mandatory standard issued by the agency as required under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for a range of infant and toddler durable products.

The rule will change the way infant bath seats are designed to require stricter standards to prevent the bath seat from tipping over.

Various infant bath seats are blamed for 174 deaths since 1983 and 300 non-fatal incidents.

According to the agency, no bath seat currently on the market complies with the new mandatory standard. The new rule will go into effect in six months.

Young children can quickly drown, even in small amounts of water. Never leave a child unattended, for any amount of time. Babies and toddlers should never be left in a bathtub under the care of another young child.

For more information, refer to the CPSC News Release.

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