CPSC tipover vote delayed ... again

BETHESDA, Md. — The Consumer Product Safety Commission has delayed the vote on ASTM F2057-23, the voluntary standard for clothing storage furniture tipover.

A ballot vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 28. Ballot votes were emailed by the CPSC's four commissioners and tallied on the specified date, according to the American Home Furnishing Alliance (AHFA).

AHFA was informed earlier the week of March 27 that the ballot vote had been rescheduled for Friday, March 31, then on March 30 was informed a "live" vote was requested by the Commission. A date has not been announced but is likely to be in mid-April, according to the AFHA.

A live vote is typically requested when one or more commissioners wish to make public statements related to their votes, according to the AHFA. The vote will likely be held virtually.

In a memorandum issued March 22, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff announced that it has completed its review of the ASTM International voluntary standard for clothing storage furniture, F2057-23, as required by the STURDY Act, and on advised the commissioners it could be adopted as a mandatory product safety standard.

STURDY is the “Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on Youth” Act, legislation enacted in December as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2023.

The full briefing and memorandum are available here.


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