The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a direct final rule, revising its standards for infant walkers and infant swings “to incorporate by reference the more recent versions of the applicable ASTM standards.” The rule will take effect October 7, 2013, unless CPSC receives “significant adverse comment by July 24.” If timely significant adverse comment is received, the commission will withdraw the rule before its effective date.

The move follows legislation enacted by Congress in 2011that established a process for updating standards that the Commission issues under the authority of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. CPSC has determined that the most recent revisions to ASTM F977, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers, and ASTM F2088, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Swings, “make these revised ASTM standards nearly the same as the CPSC-mandated standards for these products.” See Federal Register, June 24, 2013.