Standard Review - Prams and Strollers

Closed 27 Mar 2017

Opened 8 Feb 2017

Overview

The ACCC invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation paper on the review of the product safety standard for prams and strollers. The issues in this paper have been briefly summarised below. 

Refer to the related documents at the foot of this page for the consultation details.

The ACCC prefers submissions to be provided via the ACCC consultation hub. Alternatively, interested parties can email submissions to productsafety.regulation@accc.gov.au

Submissions can also be made via post to:

Director
Standards & Policy
Consumer Product Safety Branch
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
GPO Box 3131
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Submissions will be published on the ACCC website at the end of the consultation period.

Please note any information that you believe to be of a confidential nature should be clearly marked or identified as confidential. The ACCC will not disclose the confidential information to third parties, other than advisors or consultants engaged directly by the ACCC, without first providing you with notice of its intention to do so, such as where it is compelled to do so by law.

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Why We Are Consulting

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reviewing the product safety standard for prams and strollers because:

  • we want to see if the safety standard is still effective in reducing serious injuries and deaths of children using these products
  • the market and products have changed since the review of the mandatory safety standard
  • we are considering hazards associated with pram and stroller folding mechanisms and with the stability of prams and strollers with added features
  • we are considering the latest Australian voluntary standard for prams and strollers
  • we are considering trusted international standards for prams and strollers.

The purpose of this review is to assess whether the product safety standard remains effective and whether there are more efficient ways of achieving the same level of safety. This review of the standard considers the adoption of international standards. The ACCC has assessed the European and ASTM standards against its published criteria for acceptance.

Background

The ACCC previously consulted about updating the product safety standard for prams and strollers in 2014. This current consultation provides additional options for consideration.

Policy options

The ACCC is considering four policy options for dealing with the current mandatory safety standard:

Option 1

Keep the current mandatory safety standard (status quo)

Option 2

Adopt parts of the updated voluntary Australian standard

Option 3

Allow compliance with the voluntary Australian or trusted international standards 

Option 4

Revoke the mandatory safety standard

 

The ACCC’s preliminary position is that Option 3 is likely to provide the greatest net benefit.

Your submissions to this consultation will help us refine the estimated costs, benefits and safety outcomes for each option, and to recommend the most appropriate option to the Minister.

Audiences

  • All consumers
  • All business
  • Industry
  • Internal
  • Consumer groups
  • Government
  • Small business
  • Competition agencies

Interests

  • Product Safety
  • Consumer issues
  • Small business issues