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CPSC Delays Lead Content Testing

Published February 1, 2011

BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Tuesday granted manufacturers of children’s bicycles, jogger strollers and bike trailers until the end of the year to test and certify certain parts in their products for lead content.

A stay of enforcement in regards to the lead content in components of certain bicycle products manufactured for children 12 and younger was set to expire on July 1, but was pushed to Dec. 31, according to a noticed released by the CPSC on Tuesday.

The lead content rule is part of 2008’s Consumer Product Safety Information Act. It has already been delayed several times since it was initially set to go into effect in February 2009. The rule requires third party testing by an independent laboratory to certify that components in children’s products meet strict lead content standards. The stay applies to components made with metal alloys, including steel, containing up to .35 percent lead; aluminum with up to .4 percent lead; and copper with up to 4 percent lead.

The CPSC voted to once again extend the testing and certification deadline due to the number of requests for additional time to meet the requirements, the notice said.

A separate stay of enforcement for third party testing of children’s bicycles remains in effect until notices of requirements for laboratory accreditation are published, the CPSC said.

—Nicole Formosa

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