Industry Safety Approvals
The children’s industry including all high chairs and booster seats was basically self-regulated by industry associations until 2011. The JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufactures Association) and ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) are the two main associations. Our design team has followed every guideline and recommendation closely. In addition to this we studied dozens of recalls and accidents related to high chairs and booster seats. Then came up with designs that helped correct many of these issues. Following our chairs first production run with the help of DECA safety consultants, we will seek all necessary approvals under JPMA, ASTM associations and the CPSA government approvals. (Category F404-4e1) All parts are made of high density, rotationally molded polyethylene which are CPSIA / HR4040 compliant.
In 2011 the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSA) came into effect. This is when the self-regulation / optional testing ended. There was a few minor design regulation changes dealing with high chairs. The leg clearance between the tray and seat has been reduced. Other new changes deal with product identifications, warnings and safety disclosures were also changed. www.cpsc.gov
JPMA has been recognized as an organization dedicated to enhancing children’s product safety. JPMA’s extensive history of leadership in juvenile product safety includes the development of a comprehensive Certification Program to help guide parents and caregivers toward purchasing juvenile products that are built with safety in mind. www.jpma.org
ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM’s leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of its members: more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 150 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM’s advanced electronic infrastructure, ASTM members deliver the test methods, specifications, guides, and practices that support industries and governments worldwide. www.astm.org
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Deca is an engineering consulting company specializing in safety and compliance in the North American marketplace in the categories of juvenile products, child restraints, toys, playground equipment and feeding items. We are involved in the development process for over 25 different ASTM voluntary standards for children's products as well as the SAE and ISO child restraint groups. With over 50 years combined experience in the development of children's products and child restraints we can provide your company with the insights you need to be successful in the U.S. and Canadian markets. DECA also has associates available to provide additional support in the areas of: vehicle occupant protection, product liability and compliance law, marketing and industrial design.