Charges over safety of cots

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The Commerce Commission has laid nine charges against baby products store, Baby City Retail Investments Limited (Baby City), for failing to comply with the safety standard for household cots AS/NZS 2172:2003 Cots for household use – Safety requirements.

All charges brought by the Commission are under the Fair Trading Act 1986. They relate to two models of Baby City’s household cots (Milano 3-in-1 Sleigh style cot (Sleigh cot) and Milano Phoenix cot (Phoenix cot)) sold between October 2014 and October 2015.

The safety standard, which is enforced by the Commerce Commission, aims to reduce the risk of injury or death to babies and infants from using unsafe cots. Testing found that both the Sleigh and Phoenix cots had structural defects, such as a potential “snag” point which could catch on clothing, as well as packaging, leaflet labelling, and mattress base marking that did not comply with the standard.

In January 2016, Baby City issued a product safety notice for these two cots to provide customers with an instruction booklet for repairing the defects and a new information leaflet for the cots. It also informed the Commission that it had not received any reports of injury or harm due to either the Sleigh or Phoenix cots.

Baby City will appear before the Auckland District Court on May 17. 

View the Baby City product safety recall notice

The product safety standard for household cots enforced by the Commission sets out requirements and tests for materials, design, construction, performance, and labelling of cots. Read more

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