New Stroller Safety Proposal by the CPSC to Lower Stroller Related Injuries
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved a suggested proposal to create a federal safety standard for strollers in an attempt to reduce stroller related injuries and fatalities. Voting unanimously (3-0), the CPSC approved the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR).
During the years 2008 through 2012, approximately 360 injuries were reported, including four deaths.
The CPSC has studied over 1,200 incidents to discover the most frequently reported hazards and injuries. Some of the hazards reported were structural issues, entrapment, mechanism failures, hinge issues, handlebar failures, and car seat attachments. Due to the hazards, some of the incidents that were reported involved serious injuries. For instance, finger amputations were reported due to the folding hinges as well as incidents of children getting entrapped or falling due to the stroller collapsing. According to the NPR report, faults in the parking break could result in the stroller and child rolling away without proper supervision and the head entrapment hazards could result in the child being asphyxiated or strangled.
The new stroller standards will include the Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers, as well as including warnings and rules to address the pinching and folding hazards of strollers that collapse and fold for easy transport. Various stroller types will be covered by the standard.
It is the CPSC’s goal to reduce the risk of stroller related injuries by passing the NPR.
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