Safety defects in portable cots

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A survey of portable cots for sale in New Zealand has uncovered potentially fatal safety defects – including folding mechanisms that could trap a child's neck.

Consumer NZ tested portable cots based on the joint Australian and New Zealand safety standard AS/NZS 2195:2010 Folding cots – Safety requirements.

Suffocation while sleeping is the most common cause of death from unintentional injury in the first year of a baby's life in New Zealand. Between 2002 and 2009, 50 babies and children died as they slept, a quarter of those in makeshift beds.

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Published in consumer and occupational safety.