This consumer safety specification is intended to address incidents reported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) relating to frame child carriers. In response to the incident data compiled by the CPSC, this consumer safety specification attempts to minimize the hazards associated with these products from the following: occupant retention, structural integrity, and deficiency of consumer education regarding product use. This consumer safety specification is intended to deal with reasonably foreseeable use and misuse of the products. Performance requirements of the frame child carriers shall be determined by subjecting them to the following tests: leg opening test, dynamic strength test, static load test, stability test, locking device test, unintentional folding test, and removal of protective components test such as torque test and tension test. Instructions shall be provided with the product and shall be easy to read and understand. Instructions for assembly, use, maintenance, and cleaning of the product, and warnings, where applicable, shall be included.
1.1 This consumer safety specification covers performance requirements, test methods, and marking requirements to promote safe use of frame child carriers.
1.2 This consumer safety specification is intended to minimize the risk of injury to a child from the normal use and reasonably foreseeable misuse of these products.
1.3 For purposes of definition, a frame child carrier is a product, normally of sewn fabric construction on a tubular metal or other frame, which is designed to carry a child, in an upright position, on the back of the caregiver. A frame child carrier is intended for use with a child that is able to sit upright unassisted and weighs between 16 and 50 lb (7.3 and 18.1 kg). The frame child carrier is intended to be worn on the back of the caregiver’s body, with the carrier, and thus the child, suspended from both shoulders of the caregiver. The seated position of the child is either facing towards or away from the caregiver.
1.4 No frame child carrier produced after the approval date of this consumer safety specification shall, either by label or other means, indicate compliance with the specification unless it complies with all of the requirements contained herein.
1.5 This consumer safety specification is not intended to address incidents and injuries resulting from the interaction of other persons or objects with the caregiver and child while the frame child carrier is in use.
1.6 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.7 The following precautionary caveat pertains only to the test method portion, Section 7 of this consumer safety specification. This standard may involve the use of hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.