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Portable Bed Rails: Withdrawal of Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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AGENCY:

Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION:

Withdrawal of advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“Commission,” “CPSC,” or “we”) is terminating a proceeding initiated for portable bed rails under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (“FHSA”), which the Commission began with publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”) on October 3, 2000, 65 FR 58968. On August 14, 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) was enacted. Section 104(b) of the CPSIA requires the Commission to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products, which are to be “substantially the same as” applicable voluntary standards (or more stringent requirements if they would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product). Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we are proposing a safety standard for portable bed rails in response to section 104(b) of the CPSIA. The proposed portable bed rail standard includes provisions that address the risks of injury identified in the ANPR.

DATES:

The advanced notice of proposed rulemaking published on October 3, 2000 (65 59868) is withdrawn as of April 11, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rohit Khanna, Project Manager, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7546; rkhanna@cpsc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

In the Federal Register of October 3, 2000 (65 FR 58968), we published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPR”), which initiated a rulemaking proceeding that could result in a rule banning portable bed rails that present an unreasonable risk of injury under the FHSA. After publication of the ANPR, we worked with the voluntary standards group, ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials), which added provisions in its standard for portable bed rails, ASTM F 2085, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Bed Rails, to address entrapment hazards. ASTM subsequently revised its standard to also address the structural integrity of bed rails. The current edition of the standard is ASTM F 2085-10a.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”, Pub. L. 110-314) was enacted on August 14, 2008. Section 104(b) of the CPSIA requires the Commission to promulgate consumer product safety standards for durable infant or toddler products. These standards are to be “substantially the same as” applicable voluntary standards or more stringent than the voluntary standard if the Commission concludes that more stringent requirements would further reduce the risk of injury associated with the product. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, we are publishing a proposed rule that would establish safety standards for portable bed rails that would incorporate by reference voluntary standard ASTM F 2085-10a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Bed Rails, with certain modifications to strengthen the standard, making it more stringent and reducing the risk of injury associated with these products, including provisions that address foam and inflatable bed rail products, and new performance requirements to reduce the likelihood of misassembly and misinstallation of portable bed rails by consumers.

B. Withdrawal of the ANPR

The rulemaking that the Commission is now initiating under section 104(b) of the CPSIA proposes to establish new requirements for portable bed rails that will include the ASTM F 2085-10a, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Portable Bed Rails, with modifications. Accordingly, we are withdrawing the October 3, 2000 ANPR and terminating that rulemaking.

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Dated: April 6, 2011.

Todd S. Stevenson,

Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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[FR Doc. 2011-8557 Filed 4-8-11; 8:45 am]

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