The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC, recently approved ASTM F2670-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Bath Tubs Safety Testing. This new standard is intended to improve infant tubs’ safety and prevent drownings.
From January 2004 – December 2015, the US Consumer Products Safety Commission received 247 incident reports relating to infant bath tub injuries, 31 of which were fatal. The other reports all cited injury while using the product. Incident reports included drowning/near drowning, sharp product edges, product failure, entrapment, slippery surfaces, mold, and battery related incidents.
An infant bath tub is placed in a regular bath tub to provide support and containment for the baby. The infant tub provides a comfortable, reclined position for bathing by caregivers. The category of “infant bath tubs” covers products such as inflatable or foldable tubs, tubs with handheld showers, bucket-style tubs, and even tubs with spa settings.
The new safety standard requires infant tubs to adhere to safety protocols such as including a latch or locking mechanism, passing static load testing, and providing warnings/markings about the risk of drowning and falling.
The CPSC voted unanimously to approve the new infant bath tub standard while warning parents/caregivers to use caution when using infant bath tub products. They also warn to never leave an infant or young child unattended, to keep children within arm’s reach, and to learn CPR.
Learn more about the new ASTM Infant Safety Standard
INFANT BATH TUBS SAFETY TESTING
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