California Proposing a New Fire Retardant Standard for Furniture

Assembly Member Mitchell has introduced AB 2197 which would require seating furniture to meet a smolder flammability test instead of the current open flame test as of September 1, 2013.  The bill states that most injuried and deaths in homes occur as a result of smolder ignition.  The bill also cites concerns for chemicals used to meet the current flame ignition but does not indicate whether those same chemicals would be needed to pass the smolder ignition test.