Sturdy Act Signed into Law in United States
Jan. 10 2023
Sturdy Act Signed into Law by U.S. President
The Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth Act (STURDY) was passed by the U.S. Congress on December 23, 2022 as part of the $1.7 trillion fiscal 2023 Omnibus spending bill. It was signed into law as U.S. President Joe Biden signed the spending package. The STURDY Act was included in this bill because Congress did not have time to consider it as a standalone piece of legislation.
Under the STURDY Act, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), no later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, shall:
(A) In consultation with representatives of consumer groups, clothing storage unit manufacturers, craft or handmade furniture manufacturers, and independent child product engineers and experts, examine and assess the effectiveness of any voluntary consumer product safety standards for clothing storage units; and H. R. 2617—1095
(B) Promulgate a final consumer product safety standard for clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over-related death or injury, that shall take effect 180 days after the date of promulgation or such a later date as the Commission determines appropriate.
The standard promulgated shall protect children from tip-over-related death or injury with:
(A) Tests that simulate the weight of children up to 60 pounds;
(B) Objective, repeatable, reproducible, and measurable tests or series of tests that simulate real-world use and account for impacts on clothing storage unit stability that may result from placement on carpeted surfaces, drawers with items in them, multiple open drawers, and dynamic force;
(C) Testing of all clothing storage units, including those 27 inches and above in height; and
(D) Warning requirements based on ASTM F2057–19, or its successor, if reasonably necessary to protect children from tip-over-related death or injury.
ASTM has 60 days to publish the revisions, officially updating the ASTM F2057 standard to meet the requirements outlined within the STURDY Act. Then, CPSC will have 90 days to review the updated voluntary standard and determine whether it will adopt it in whole or in part with modification as the new mandatory stability rule for clothing storage furniture. CPSC could determine the industry standard does not increase safety and instead opt for a different approach. Such standard shall take effect 120 days after the date of the promulgation of the rule, or such a later date as the Commission determines appropriate. Such standard will supersede any other existing standard for clothing storage units to protect children from tip-over-related death or injury.
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