The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to create “a safety standard for soft infant and toddler carriers in response to the direction under Section 104(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act [of 2008 (CPSIA)]” that requires CPSC to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products.

CPSC indicated that the agency is aware of “93 incidents related to soft infant and toddler carriers—reported over a period of nearly 13 years, 1999 through early September 2012.” Evidently two of those incidents involved a fatality, and 91 incidents did not. CPSC said that the primary hazard associated with use of the products is falling, that is, either caregivers falling while wearing the carrier and injuring the child in the carrier, or children falling or facing the risk of falling from the carrier due to fastener problems, large leg openings, stitching or seam problems, or straps that slip. The agency will accept comments until June 19, 2013. See Federal Register, April 5, 2013.