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Prams and strollers

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Several children in Australia have died after a pram or stroller they were in rolled away. Many children need hospital treatment every year for an injury related to a pram or stroller.

For more information have a look at the Product Safety Australia information 'Prams & strollers' 
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/974044/fromItemId/971500 

Hazards

  • death and serious injury if you lose control of the pram or stroller
  • strangulation or suffocation if babies become trapped in parts of the pram or stroller
  • falling
  • trapping and pinching of fingers or limbs, or severing of fingers.

What to look for

Mandatory standard

The mandatory standard is based on AS/NZS 2088:2000.

Safety features and labels

Harness
The pram or stroller must have a five-point restraint harness that goes around your baby's waist and between their legs. The harness must have the following warning label permanently attached:
Warning: use this harness at all times.

Parking brakes
All prams and strollers must have at least one or more parking brakes, with red parking brake levers.

Prams and strollers must have the following warning label permanently attached:
Warning:

  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Put on all the brakes whenever you park the pram/stroller*.
  • Do not leave children unattended.
  • Do not carry extra children or bags on this pram/stroller*.
  • Make sure children are clear of any moving parts if you adjust the pram/stroller*, otherwise they may be injured.

*Either the word pram or stroller will be used on warning label, depending upon the product.

Tether strap
All prams and strollers must have a suitable tether strap that is:

  • as short as practical
  • does not form a loop with a perimeter of 360 mm or more.

Straps must have the following warning label permanently attached:
Warning: use this strap to stop the pram/stroller* rolling away.
*Either the word pram or stroller will be used on warning label, depending upon the product.

Strength

  • Strong frame – not rickety
  • Easy steering
  • A strong and secure footrest

Latches and locks

  • Frame locks on folding prams and strollers that work and don't collapse during use.
  • Secure locks on reclining backs so your baby can lie down safely.
  • Clear instructions on how to set up, lock and fold the pram or stroller.

Carry basket

  • A carry basket that won't tip or rock the pram when full - best located in a central spot under the pram.

Safety habits

  • Always read and follow instructions.
  • Always park the pram or stroller parallel to hazards, such as water or railway tracks so it can't roll into danger.
  • Stay with your baby while they're in the pram or stroller.
  • Apply the parking brake when the pram or stroller is stationary.
  • Use the tether strap and harness.
  • Check that frame latches and fabric fasteners are locked before use.
  • Watch your baby while in the pram or stroller.

Reference

Product Safety Australia - Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
http://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970225

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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