Mattress flammability standard will start in July 2007
March 3, 2006,
Washington -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has approved a federal mattress flammability standard to take effect July 1, 2007. In a 3-0 vote, the CPSC commissioners approved staff recommendations on the testing protocol, which calls for a 30-minute burn test.
When fully effective, CPSC estimates the new mandatory standard for mattresses is likely to save as many as 270 lives a year, preventing 78% of the deaths occurring every year. It also is expected to prevent 1,330 injuries, or 84% of those that occur in an average year.
Some suppliers of fire-resistant materials, and one mattress manufacturer, Serta, had expressed hope that the standard would take effect even earlier, but the commissioners endorsed the July 1 date, which CPSC staff had suggested last month.