Nine out of ten baby walkers fail Consumer NZ safety checks

Issue 42 – September 2012

Consumer NZ tested baby walkers in May 2012 and 9 out of 10 baby walkers failed at least one of Consumer NZ's safety checks.

Baby walkers sold in New Zealand must meet a Product Safety Standard set by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs. The product safety standard for baby walkers sets out the requirements for the stability of the walker, its structural integrity (robustness), its performance if a baby accidentally pushes it over the edge of steps, and safety warnings. The product safety standard is based on sections of a US Standard, ASTM F977, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers.

Of the 10 baby walkers tested, only one met all the standard's requirements. Consumer NZ's greatest concern was with the seven walkers that failed the step tests. Consumer NZ advises not using a baby walker, whether it meets the standard or not.

Read more (http://www.consumer.org.nz/reports/baby-walkers) on Consumer NZ's website.

Summarised from Consumer NZ's report, 2 May 2012.

Published in consumer and occupational safety.