This definition and requirement are being balloted to address potential incidents that may occur with bath seat designs that require the use of an extra component(s) to attach the bath seat to an adult bath tub. Because such component(s) may not be attached to the bath seat, and the bath seat may appear to function as intended without using the component(s), consumers can chose to install the bath seat without them. In addition, such component(s) may not be removable from their originally installed locations and thus not accompany the bath seat to a different use location. These bath seat designs, when installed without the extra component(s), are very similar in performance to older designed bath seats that were associated with over 100 tip-over incidents, many of which resulted in the death of the infant. Requiring any attachment component(s) to be permanently attached to the bath seat before consumers buy it will help ensure their use is not optional and will help prevent other tip-over fatalities.
bath ring; bath seat; bath tub; drowning; stability; Bathrooms; Consumer safety specifications (infants/children); Infant materials/applications--specifications; Performance--consumer products;
Citing ASTM Standards
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