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February 24, 2012 - Developed by Subcommittee F15.21 on Infant Carriers, Bouncers and Baby Swings, ASTM F2907, Specification for Sling Carriers, represents current best practices in design, performance, labeling, and instructions for infant slings. According to Vesta Garcia, executive director, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, and F15.21 member, ASTM F2907 will provide manufacturers with means to double-check that they are creating and selling safest possible sling carriers.

Infant Sling Carriers Are the Subject of New ASTM Consumer Products Standard


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Press release date: February 22, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -A new ASTM International standard represents current best practices in the design, performance, labeling and instructions for infant slings. ASTM F2907, Specification for Sling Carriers, was developed by Subcommittee F15.21 on Infant Carriers, Bouncers and Baby Swings, under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products.

According to Vesta Garcia, executive director, Baby Carrier Industry Alliance, and an F15.21 member, ASTM F2907 will provide manufacturers with the means to double-check that they are creating and selling the safest possible sling carriers.

"Manufacturers can rest assured that the subcommittee, which includes members from consumer groups, retailers, manufacturers, government regulators and testing laboratories, will continue to update the standard as our knowledge and testing techniques progress," says Garcia. "For users of sling carriers, this standard will ensure that, as an industry, our products are as safe as possible and always improving."

Garcia notes that all interested parties, particularly members of the medical and public health community with relevant expertise, are welcome to join the subcommittee as it considers the ongoing development of F2907. Anticipated inclusion in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will be a factor when the subcommittee considers possible revisions to ASTM F2907.

"The development of this consensus standard through ASTM represents the very best cooperative spirit between all parties interested in safe infant slings," says Garcia.

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.

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ASTM Committee F15 Juvenile Products Subcommittees Next Meeting: April 16-20, 2012, ASTM International Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa. Technical Contact: Vesta Garcia, Baby Carrier Industrial Alliance, McKinney, Texas, Phone: 972-302-7397; director@babycarrierindustryalliance.org
ASTM Staff Contact: Leonard Morrissey, Phone: 610-832-9719; lmorriss@astm.org
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org
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