July 26, 2011
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved a new federal safety rule for drawstrings in children's outerwear, giving Customs and Border Protection authority to stop potentially hazardous shipments of children's outerwear with drawstrings from entering the United States. The CPSC also has increased regulatory authority to issue product recalls of dangerous garments.
The final rule designates children's upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 12, with neck or hood drawstrings, and children's upper outerwear in sizes 2T through 16, with certain waist or bottom drawstrings, as substantial product hazards.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is seeking cooperation from suppliers to follow a voluntary guideline when purchasing product for sale in Australia. This voluntary ACCC guideline is based on voluntary U.S. and European standards (ASTM F1816 and EN 14682).