All new high chairs in the US will adhere to a new, stricter set of safety standards starting in June 2019.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission updated its mandatory requirements for high chairs manufactured in and imported to America. The move is designed to reduce the number of childhood injuries associated with high chairs.
The new federal high chair standards:
Have higher standards of rearward stability, making it harder for chairs to fall over if a child pushes against something while in the chair or the chair is otherwise moved
Require warning labels to be placed where they can be seen while the high chair is in use. They caution against potential risks such as skull fractures and severe head injuries resulting from children falling out of the chairs.
- Call for new chairs to be built with a permanent passive crotch restraint (two separate bounded openings for the occupant’s legs). The commission stated this requirement is intended to reduce the likelihood of death from positional asphyxia, or suffocation due to the positioning of a child’s body.
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