Section 104 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) requires the Commission to issue consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. The Commission is directed to assess the effectiveness of applicable voluntary standards and, in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act, promulgate consumer product safety standards that are substantially the same as the voluntary standard or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission determines that more stringent standards would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. The CPSIA requires that not later than August 14, 2009, the Commission begin rulemaking for at least two categories of durable infant or toddler products and promulgate two such standards every six months thereafter. The Commission will propose a consumer product safety standard for bedside sleepers to address occupant retention, structural integrity and product installation, consumer education regarding product use, suffocation, strangulation, tip over, and collapse. The proposed standard is expected to be based on a new ASTM Standard, Consumer Safety Specification for Bedside Sleepers, with possible changes or additions.
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