CPSC Readies Long-Awaited Fire Safety Standards

Law360, New York (February 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made the first significant move in 14 years to toughen fire-resistance standards for upholstered furniture, voting unanimously on Friday to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking for new mandatory standards.

The proposed standard would require upholstered furniture makers to either use smolder-resistant fabrics or implement a fire-resistant barrier between fabric and furniture stuffing.

Fires fed by upholstered furniture cost the U.S. around $1.6 billion and contribute to about 100 deaths and 130 injuries a year, the CPSC said.

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