New Standards for toy safety and child restraints in motor vehicles

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Issue 50 – June 2013

Three new joint Australian/New Zealand Standards were published in May 2013 affecting toy safety and child restraints in motor vehicles.

Of particular interest to manufacturers and importers of children's or adult's toys will be AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 Safety of toys – Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties incorporating the revisions from Amendments 1 and 2 to the 2010 edition of the Standard. In addition, the requirements for magnets previously provided in Appendix ZZ have been replaced with those in the latest edition of the Standard. The new requirements do not permit hazardous magnets, except those in magnetic/experimental sets under certain conditions, include extra foreseeable abuse tests for toys with magnets, and provide for the use of the small parts cylinder for testing to identify those small magnets that are considered to be hazardous.

AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2010 Safety of toys – Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties is referenced in the Unsafe Goods (Small High Powered Magnets) Notice 2013 made under the Fair Trading Act 1986.

Read the full notice (http:/www.consumeraffairs.govt.nz/pdf-library/Unsafe-Goods-High-Powered-Magnets.pdf)

Two new motor vehicle child restraint Standards were published on 8 and 14 May 2013:

  • AS/NZS 8005:2013 Accessories for child restraints provides minimum requirements for the design, construction, performance, and informative labelling for products sold separately as accessories for child restraints covered by AS/NZS 1754:2010 Child restraint systems for use in motor vehicles
  • AS/NZS 4370:2013 Restraint of children with disabilities in motor vehicles sets out options for restraining a child with one or more disabilities, or a medical condition, while travelling in a motor vehicle, to minimise the risk of bodily injury in an impact.

 

Published in consumer and occupational safety.

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