New federal safety rule CFR to regulate drawstrings in by jennyyingdi

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									                                                                                                                                                   No. CPIE/010/11
 New federal safety rule, 16 CFR 1120, to regulate drawstrings in
 children's wear
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted (5-0) to approve a new federal safety rule for drawstrings in
children’s outerwear. The final rule designates children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 12, with neck or hood
drawstrings, and children’s upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 16, with certain waist or bottom drawstrings, as substantial
product hazards. Drawstrings can catch or become entangled with objects, such as a car door or playground slide, posing
dragging, strangulation entrapment hazards to children.

CPSC has received 26 reports of children who have died when the drawstring on their garment became entangled on
playground slides, school bus doors, and other objects. Waist and bottom drawstrings that have been caught in doors or other
car parts have resulted in dragging incidents.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008 provided CPSC with the authority to specify, by rule, for
any consumer product or class of consumer products, characteristics whose existence or absence shall be deemed a substantial
product hazard. CPSC’s federal partners at Customs and Border Protection now have authority to stop potentially hazardous
shipments of children’s outerwear with drawstrings from entering the United States. In addition, CPSC has increased
regulatory authority to issue product recalls of violative garments.

In February 1996, CPSC issued guidelines, which were incorporated into an industry voluntary standard in 1997, to help
prevent children from strangling or becoming entangled on drawstrings in outerwear garments, such as jackets or sweatshirts.
Since the industry standard was introduced, fatal incidents involving garments with drawstrings through the neck or hood have
decreased by 75 percent, and fatalities associated with drawstrings through the waist or bottom have dropped 100 percent.
Nonetheless, from 2006 through 2010, the agency has participated in 115 recalls of noncomplying products with drawstrings.

The rule takes effect August 18, 2011. The incorporation by reference of the publication listed in this rule is
approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of August 18, 2011.

 Source:
 Weblink : http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-19/pdf/2011-17961.pdf
           http://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2011/07/19/2011-17961/substantial-product-hazard-list-childrens-upper-
        outerwear-in-sizes-2t-to-12-with-neck-or-hood#p-3


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