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CPSC RIN: 3041-AC10 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Petition CP 03-1/HP 03-1 Requesting a Standard for Bunk Bed Corner Posts 
Abstract: A petition from the Danny Foundation requests that the Commission establish a standard to address an alleged hazard of strangulation posed by bunk bed corner posts. The petitioner asserts that, due to the height of bunk beds, corner posts on bunk beds pose a substantial risk to children when the children's clothing, bedding, or other items become caught on the corner posts. On November 8, 2002, the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register to solicit comments on the petition from all interested persons. The comment period closed on January 7, 2003. On April 13, 2004, staff sent a briefing package to the Commission. On July 30, 2004, the Commission voted 3 to 0 to defer action on the petition while the staff continued to work with the ASTM International bunk bed subcommittee on this issue. A revised voluntary standard for bunk beds was published in October 2004. The revised standard incorporates warning language about hangings associated with bunk beds and attaching items to the bed. CPSC staff worked with the subcommittee to develop requirements beyond labeling to address strangulation hazards with vertical protrusions. A revised standard was approved on July 15, 2007. Staff will evaluate the adequacy of, and conformance to, the revised standard, and will prepare a briefing package for Commission consideration. 
Agency: Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.
Legal Authority: 5 USC 553(e), Administrative Procedure Act; 15 USC 1262(j), Federal Hazardous Substances Act; 15 USC 2058(i), Consumer Product Safety Act 
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Petition Docketed  10/23/2002   
Notice  11/08/2002  67 FR 68107 
Comment Period End  01/07/2003   
Staff Sent Briefing Package to Commission  04/13/2004   
Commission Voted to Defer Action  07/30/2004   
Staff Begins Evaluating Conformance to Voluntary Standard  08/01/2007   
Staff Sends Briefing Package to Commission  05/00/2014   
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Susan Bathalon
Mechanical Engineer
Consumer Product Safety Commission
5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2282
Email: sbathalon@cpsc.gov

 
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