What You Can Learn From Safety Standards for Strollers


What You Can Learn From Safety Standards For Strollers

Every parent wants to keep their children safe and for many parents, this means buying the highest quality and most proven products. While there is definitely a correlation between price and product quality and safety, another piece of the puzzle that no one usually thinks about are existing safety standards. Product safety standards in the United States are handled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, or CPSC for short. The CPSC works to ensure the safety of consumer products; which range anywhere from toys to power tools to household chemicals. Safety standards are also available for baby strollers, which is obviously great news for parents. After all, newborns and children are often at a higher risk in sustaining more serious injuries when compared to adults.

Some Interesting Stats

In fact, based on the numbers presented on the CPSC website, during the time periods of January 1st, 2008 through June 30th, 2013, there were a total of 1,297 incidents reported for strollers and carriages. Of these 1,297 incidents, there were 391 injuries and 4 fatalities.

As a percentage of the total number of incidents versus the total number of strollers out there, you may think that it will never happen to your children, however, there’s still a chance for it to happen, albeit a small one. In another study conducted from May through September 1999, a total of 6,348 stroller related injuries to children under 10 years old treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms were reported through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). You can read more about the study here. What’s interesting in this report is that it shows the distribution of the types of stroller related injuries. I have created the chart below to show you the distribution.

Distribution of the Types of Stroller Related Injuries

As shown in the chart, falls account for 50% of all stroller related injuries while tipovers account for more than a quarter of all stroller injuries. Take note!

New Safety Standard for Strollers

The good news is that in March 2014, CPSC approved a new federal safety standard for carriages and strollers. This new safety standard incorporates references developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and is effective starting September 10th, 2015. This new safety standard for strollers address the following issues:

What Does This All Mean?

It is highly likely that most strollers which have been available in the market since last year are already meeting or exceeding this new safety standard for strollers. So, why am I sharing this information? To me, this is invaluable information as it tells parents where they can pay extra attention to in order to keep the little ones safe.

Feel that the parking brake on your stroller isn’t functioning very well this past few days? Have it checked out. Contact the manufacturer. The point is, if you pay close attention to what issues (if any) you’re facing with your stroller, you’re already more than halfway there in ensuring the safety of your children.

In addition to safety standards in the U.S, there are also many other safety standards for strollers in other countries. For example, the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller is compliant with safety standards in the U.S, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. I won’t be going into too much detail about these safety standards, but it is a comforting feeling to know that there’s a ton of safety standards a stroller will have to comply to before it can be sold on the market.

Wrapping up, know that there are safety standards for any strollers that you’ve bought or will be buying. Also, paying attention to what hasn’t been working in your stroller can really make a difference in preventing injuries to your children while riding in a stroller.

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