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CPSC RIN: 3041-AD30 Publication ID: Spring 2014 
Title: Petition Requesting a Ban or Standard on Adult Portable Bed Rails 
Abstract: The Commission received two requests, one from consumer advocate Gloria Black, the Consumer Federation of America, and 60 other organizations; and the second from Public Citizen, asking that the Commission initiate proceedings under section 8 of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) to determine that adult portable bed rails pose an unreasonable risk of injury and initiate related rulemaking under section 9 of the CPSA. Because both requests ask for rulemaking concerning the same product, the Commission is considering them as a single request, which was docketed as Petition CP 13-1 on May 15, 2013. Petitioners assert that adult portable bed rails are responsible for many injuries and deaths among users, particularly the elderly and frail, resulting from asphyxiation caused by entrapment within openings of the rail or between the rail and the mattress or bed frame. On May 21, 2013, the Commission voted unanimously to approve publication in the Federal Register of a notice soliciting comments on the petition. The notice was published on June 4, 2013. The comment period closed on August 5, 2013. Following review of the comments, staff will prepare for Commission consideration a briefing package on the petition. 
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 Procedures Act; 15 USC 2051, Consumer Product Safety Act  
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Petition Docketed  05/15/2013   
Notice for Comment Published in Federal Register  06/04/2013   
Comment Period Closes  08/05/2013   
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 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Richard McCallion
Project Manager
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, 5 Research Place,
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone:301 987-2222
Email: rmccallion@cpsc.gov

 
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