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December 28, 2009 - ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products approved revised version of F1169, Specification for Full-Size Baby Crib. After testing and exploration of design approaches to eliminate failure related to mis-assembly, ASTM subcommittee approved revisions that preclude cribs with functional drop side and related hardware assemblies from complying with standard. Revision also contains new performance tests for crib assemblies to assure structural integrity of crib slats.

Baby Crib Standard Revised by ASTM Consumer Products Committee


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Press release date: December 22, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -Earlier this month, ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products approved a revised version of F1169, Specification for Full-Size Baby Crib. The standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F15.18 on Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables.

The most significant change to F1169 is the removal of provisions for drop sides in cribs from the standard. Subcommittee F15.18 investigated incidents provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, many of which involved hardware failure related to misassembly and subsequent reassembly of a crib. After extensive testing and exploration of different design approaches to eliminating these hazards, the ASTM subcommittee approved the recent revisions that now preclude cribs with a functional drop side and related hardware assemblies from complying with the ASTM standard. Further, this revision to F1169 also contains new performance tests for crib assemblies to assure the structural integrity of crib slats.

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org.

ASTM F15 Juvenile Products Subcommittee Next Meeting: March 16-19, 2010, ASTM Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa.

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ASTM Staff Contact: Len Morrissey, Phone: 610-832-9719; lmorriss@astm.org

ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org

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