Trampolines not up to standard Consumer NZ report

Issue 46 – February 2013

Only one trampoline has met critical safety checks in a test by Consumer NZ. Five popular trampoline brands were tested, based on the Australian Standard, which is more up-to-date than the Kiwi version. Only the Springfree R54, a soft-edge trampoline with its frame and springs beneath the jumping mat, passed the impact tests. The tests assessed the risk of brain injury from a child's head colliding with the safety padding above the frame.

ACC statistics show 7600 people annually injure themselves on (or around) a trampoline. That's slightly more than the number of people who have a skateboard-related injury.

None of the traditional trampolines (those with the springs around the edge of the jumping mat) passed the impact tests. Two trampolines were also rated poor for bounce quality. These were the Parklands TC-1004S and the Gametime TR-10 Combo-L.

Sue Chetwin, Chief Executive of Consumer NZ, says, 'Often the padding on the models we tested wasn't effective at cushioning a fall. Most showed permanent damage after only four collisions.'

Chetwin says the poor results indicate the voluntary Standard for trampolines isn't working. 'It's too easy to ignore the safety requirements set out in the voluntary Standard. A mandatory Standard, one that covers safety nets and soft-edge trampolines, is required if we're serious about reducing the number of trampoline-related injuries.'

→ For the full report visit www.consumer.org.nz/reports/trampolines

Note: The New Zealand Standard NZS 5855:1997 Consumer safety specification for components, assembly, and use of a trampoline is identical to the ASTM Standard, ASTM F381-95, with modifications for New Zealand. Standards New Zealand is monitoring trampoline Standards development activity.

Summarised from a Consumer NZ media release, 5 December 2012.

Related Standards

  • NZS 5855:1997 Consumer safety specification for components, assembly, and use of a trampoline
  • NZS 5855:1997 AA Consumer safety specification for components, assembly, and use of a trampoline: Amendment A (Amendment to NZS 5855:1997)

 

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