Third Party Testing for Newly Made Bikes for Kids
As of now, all bikes manufactured after the 17th of May and all the bikes to be sold to kids of 12 and under must pass the test conducted by independent laboratory in compliance to the federal bicycle regulations. Moreover, the industry is waiting for the response for their plea to push the deadline back, for the third time.
All adult bikes made after the said date, need not be tested by a third-party, however, it must be shipped with a certificate of compliance, 16 CFR 1512, pursuant to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of August 2008.
A petition was filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission last April 1 by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, requesting the Monday deadline be extended to one year giving ample time for more labs to obtain accreditation by CPSC as testing facilities. A decision by the commission is yet to be made regarding this request.
To date, the accreditation process to test the 1512 requirements have been afforded to three lab companies namely, Intertek’s facilities in Shanghai, Taiwan and Shenzhen, ACT lab’s at Taicang and El Segundo, California and SGS’s labs in Taiwan and Shanghai. As far as the BPSA is concerned, none has acquired certification adhering to the standards set by 1512. The deadline, which was supposed to be implemented in February 2009, was twice extended by CPSC.
All helmets manufactured for children after February 10 of this year must pass testing by a third party lab for the new limits of lead content and labeled for verification. This has been extended until next year and now requires lead testing for paint as well.