The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking that would adopt, with some additional requirements, ASTM F833-13, “Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Carriages and Strollers.” CPSC has proposed adding to the ASTM standard a “requirement and test method to address scissoring, pinching, or shearing hazards at the hinge link of 2D fold strollers.” While ASTM’s standard is protected under U.S. copyright law, it can be viewed as a read-only document during the comment period on this proposal. Comments are requested by August 5, 2013.

According to CPSC, four fatalities involving strollers were reported from January 2008 through December 2012, with an additional 1,203 stroller-related nonfatal incidents reported for the same period. These incidents involved children younger than age 4. Hazard patterns included problems associated with wheels, parking brakes, lock mechanisms, restraints, structural integrity, stability, clearance between components, car-seat attachments, canopies, handlebars, seats, sharp points or edges, and trays. Incidents apparently involving older children and adults mostly resulted in finger injuries.

CPSC also notes that 29 recalls occurred during this four-year period, including 6.82 million strollers made by 15 different companies. “The recalls related to incidents involving finger injuries, strangulation hazards, brake failures, choking hazards, and fall hazards.” Among the matters on which CPSC requests comments is a specific request “on whether 18 months is an appropriate length of time for carriage/stroller manufacturers to come into compliance with the rule.” See Federal Register, May 20, 2013.