Safety commission wants stroller protections


The proposal, unanimously approved by the three-member commission, would adopt voluntary standards that already exist for strollers and add a requirement that an additional test be performed on some stroller hinges.

The agency found that hinges can injure children when the strollers are unfolded, resulting in pinched body parts and amputated fingers. The proposal would add a test requirement to ensure that strollers "shall not create a scissoring, shearing, or pinching hazard when tested."

Agency staff reviewed more than 1,200 stroller-related incidents and consulted with consumer groups, manufacturers and the public to come up with the proposal. The rule "will help to reduce the risks associated with the majority of the hazard patterns identified in reviewing the stroller incidents," the commission claimed.

"Ensuring that the strollers on the market are safe is one of our highest priorities because children are especially vulnerable to injury," said Ami Gadhia, senior policy counsel for Consumers Union, the policy wing of Consumer Reports, in a statement to The Hill."We look forward to reviewing the proposed rule and sharing with the Commission our comments and relevant findings from our stroller testing work."

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Monday, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments for 75 days.

Once the final rule is published, the commission wants the standard to be effective in 18 months.

-- This story was updated at 2:52 p.m.