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Toys & Childcare | Monthly bulletin | September 2019

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Toys and Childcare

 

US

 

CPSC Publishes Revision to Safety Standard for Full-Size Baby Cribs

 

On 23rd July 2019, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission published a direct final rule which revised the CPSC's mandatory standard for full-size baby cribs (FS cribs) to incorporate by reference the most recent version ASTM F1169-19.

 

Comparing to the former rule adopted by the Commission, the major change of this revised rule is that all warnings intended to be on a FS crib should be affixed to the product including lower-priority warnings.

 

This rule will come into effect on October 28, 2019.

 

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CPSC Publishes Revision to Safety Standard for Carriages and Strollers

 

On 2nd August 2019, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission published a direct final rule which revised the CPSC's mandatory standard for carriages and strollers to incorporate by reference the most recent version ASTM F833-19.

 

This final rule covers following main revisions:

 

  • Adds a new definition, performance requirement, test method, and warning for “tray/grab bar protective covering”;
  • Add a failure mode ”failure to support the test weight” to static load tests.

The rule will be effective on November 5, 2019.

 

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Standards updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:

 

Reference

Title

ASTM F1821 - 19e1

Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toddler Beds

 

US | New york

 

Signed crib bumper pads ban

 

On 13th August 2019, New York State Governor signed the Bill 3788 which prohibits the sale of crib bumper pads and restricting the use of crib bumper pads in certain settings.

 

The bill defines "Crib bumper pads" as:

 

A pad or pads of a non-mesh material resting directly above the mattress in a crib, running the surface  area of  the  crib  or  along  the length of any of the interior sides of the  crib. "Crib bumper pad" does not include mesh liners.

 

This law will become effective on 12th October 2019.

 

Israel

 

Regulatory proposals notified to WTO

 

Below a summary table with some recent notifications to World Trade Organization (non-exhaustive) by Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry:

 

Notification number / Link

Title

G/TBT/N/ISR/1061

SI 562 part 14 - Safety of toys: Trampolines for domestic use

 

This standard adopts the European Standard EN 71-14: December 2014

G/TBT/N/ISR/1070

SI 562 part 3 - Safety of toys: Migration of certain chemical elements

 

This draft standard revision adopts the European Standard EN-71-3: 2013 and A3: June 2018

G/TBT/N/ISR/1071

SI 562 part 7 - Safety of toys: Finger paints - Requirements and test methods

 

This draft standard revision adopts the European Standard EN-71-7: 2014 and A2: February 2018

G/TBT/N/ISR/1072

SI 562 part 8 - Safety of toys: Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use

 

This draft standard revision adopts the European Standard EN-71-8: January 2018

 

Product Recalls/Alerts

 

Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”).

 

Europe

 

RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).

 

The following 88 alerts regarding Childcare articles, equipment and toys have been reported, from week 29 until week 33 of 2019.

 

Type of Risk

Number of alerts

Notes

Burns

2

Interactive soft toy: The surface of the battery compartment can overheat. Not complying with EN 62115

Fancy-dress mask: It is highly flammable and does not self-extinguish. It does not comply with EN 71-2

Chemical

37

Phthalates contained: Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Squeezable toy: It contains the substances N,N-dimethylformamide, cyclohexanone, bis(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl)ether) and triethylenediamine

Slime: high level of migration of Boron

Button cell batteries: easily accessible. Not complying with Toy Safety Directive and standard EN 62115

The toy contains an excessive amount of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), notably benzo[a]anthracene (BaA)

Paint: It contains lead

The toy contains several chemical substances, such as cadmium

Choking

26

Small parts. Not complying with EN 71-1

Plush toy: The fibrous stuffing material of the toy is easily accessible due to the weakness of certain seams

Expandable toy: it can cause fatal occlusion of the respiratory track or intestinal blockage of small children

Damage to sight

4

The kinetic energy of the projectiles fired from the toy machine gun is too high

Damage to hearing

1

The sound pressure level of the toy is too high. Not complying with EN 71-1

Electric shock

1

The electrical insulation and the creepage and clearance distances in the charger are not sufficient. Not complying with EN 62115

Environment

5

Solders in the toy contain an excessive amount of lead and cadmium. Not complying with RoHS 2 Directive

Injuries

8

Toy: The hand slide can easily break

Pushchair: It has only one locking device and could consequently collapse during use. Not complying with EN 71-1

Changing table: The stitching in the textile of the table's nursing area can brake. Not complying with EN 12221

Car seat: It does not sufficiently protect the child's head in the event of an accident and can become damaged

Scooter: The handlebar locking mechanism of the scooter may release under load and the steering column may slip down. In addition, the front wheel is too small and could get stuck in holes in the ground. Not complying with EN 71-1

Baby carrier: The durability of the product is not sufficient and it could break

Baby sling: it can tear apart and the baby can fall down during use

Microbiological

3

Squeezable toy: The toy contains aerobic bacteria, stenotrophomonas maltophilia and the presence of Pseudomonas fluorescens

Soap bubble toy: It contains mesophilic aerobic bacteria and the presence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Strangulation

1

Toy drum: The strap attached has no quick release mechanism. Not complying with EN 71-1

 

US

 

From 21st July to 20th August 2019, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls: 8 recalls regarding Childcare and children’s products.

 

Type of Risk

Number of recalls

Notes

Suffocation

1

Infant Head and Neck Support Accessories: the support area can be overstuffed and cause the infant’s head to be tilted too far forward

Fall

2

Bike: The steer tube clamp on the bike can break

Bouncers: The Bouncer can detach from the Chair

Fall and injures

2

Stroller: The modified thru-bolt on the front wheel can fracture

Trampolines: The welds on the metal railings (legs) can fail

Infant fatalities

1

Dream Bassinet: the infants rolled from their back to their stomach or side while unrestrained, or under other circumstances.

Choking

1

Socks: Rattles sewn inside the socks and wristbands can detach

Choking and laceration

1

Walkers can be damaged over time exposing sharp points and small parts