CPSC Operating Plan Denotes Self-balancing Scooters and Light Electric Vehicles

BETHESDA, Md. – September 17, 2016. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission denotes several voluntary standards activities on its 2017 Operating Plan, one of them happens to be Self-balancing Scooters and Light Electric Vehicles.

The CPSC’s annual Operating Plan sets budget priorities and strategic goals for the year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission expects to participate actively in voluntary standards activities related to ongoing or potential rulemaking activities for the self-balancing scooters and light electric vehicles.

Active participation extends beyond attendance at meetings and may include, among other things, providing injury data and hazard analyses; encouraging development or revision of voluntary standards; identifying specific risks of injury; performing research; developing health science data; performing laboratory technical assistance; and/or taking other actions that the Commission, in a particular situation, determines may be appropriate.

According to CPSC Staff Voluntary Standards Activities FY 2016 Mid-Year Report, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will continue to participate in ASTM International task groups to complete balloting of ASTM F963 requirements to address hazards with batteries in toys.

CPSC will continue to participate in ANSI/NEMA meetings to draft and harmonize requirements to eliminate or reduce ingestion and chemical burn hazards associated with button/coin cell batteries. CPSC’s Staff will also continue to participate in further developing UL 2272, regarding Electrical Systems for Self-Balancing Scooters.

Sources: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.(2016).Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Plan. Retrieved from cpsc.gov

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