Proposed Rule: August 14, 2015
The proposed rule would establish a safety standard for infant bath tubs under the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act, section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
An “infant bath tub” is defined as a “tub, enclosure, or other similar product intended to hold water and be placed into an adult bath tub, sink, or on top of other surfaces to provide support or containment, or both, for an infant in a reclining, sitting, or standing position during bathing by a caregiver.” Falling within this definition are products of various designs, including “bucket style” tubs that support a child sitting upright, tubs with an inclined seat for infants too young to sit unsupported, inflatable tubs, folding tubs, and tubs with spa features, such as handheld shower attachments and even whirlpool settings. The ASTM standard permits infant bath tubs to have “a permanent or removable passive crotch restraint as part of their design,” but does not permit “any additional restraint system(s) which requires action on the part of the caregiver to secure or release.” ASTM F2670-13 excludes from its scope “products commonly known as bath slings, typically made of fabric or mesh.”
The rule would incorporate by reference ASTM F2670-13, with modifications to some of the warnings and instructions.