Wobbly and unsafe high chair seats will soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has just approved new standard regulations to improve the safety standards of all high chairs. This includes chairs that are made for the home and for those that are provided in restaurants.
The commision reviews common infant/toddler products such as bed rails, full-size cribs, infant swings, baby walkers, infant carriers, play yards, stroller, and more. The regulation of these products is meant to make them even safer for the youngest among us.
The new standards will require a passive crotch restraint and a three-point buckle harness. High chairs must also have more backward stability and more warning labels. Any parent can agree that current high chair lap belts aren't very secure and are easy to escape by a determined toddler. The wooden high chairs provided by most public spaces have seemed unsafe for years and the new requirements may make dining out easier for parents of young kids.
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According to the CPSC, between January 2011 and September 2017 they had a total of 1,642 incent reports with a total of 271 injuries. Most injuries happened when a baby or toddler tried to climb out of their high chair themselves and fell. Or the chair tipped over when the child pushed themselves back from a table or they were rocking in it. Rarely an injury occurred when the tray or safety belt in the high chair failed.
Companies will have twelve months from the official ruling to comply with the new regulations. This will apply to all high chairs made in the U.S. and those that are imported. This commission is required by the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act to regularly improve products for young children and improve their safety standards.
As parents, we appreciate the CPSC and their dedication to the safety of our kids. We hope that the new high chair safety standards will prevent any future injuries. We also hope that these new standards will force restaurants to buy newer chairs because whatever they have are always very questionable!
What do you think of the safety regulations? Does your chair meet the new standards or will you need a new one? Lets us know in the comments!