Australia Publishes Amendment on the Safety Specification of Baby Walkers

Australia has published a Consumer Protection Notice to amend the mandatory requirements for baby walker (CPN No.1 of 2013). According to the notice, the safety standard for baby walkers made under section 104 (1) of the Australian Consumer Law has been revoked.

The Challenge

For the purpose of the mandatory safety standard, a baby walker means a device that

  1. consists of a frame on wheels designed to support, inside the frame and with the child's feet touching the ground, a child who has not yet learned to walk; and
  2. is propelled by the movement of the child.

Starting from Feb 15, 2013, baby walkers in Australia shall comply with either set 1 or set 2 requirements listed below:

Set 1

Baby walkers shall conform with the following sections of ASTM F977-00, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for infant walkers published in 2000:

  • Section 6.1 Stability
  • Section 6.4 Prevention of Falls Down Step(s)
  • Section 7.3 Stability Test
  • Section 7.6 Step(s) Tests
  • Section 9.3 Labeling

Set 2

Baby walkers shall conform with the following sections of ASTM F977-12, Standard Consumer Safety Specification for infant walkers published in May 2012:

  • Section 6.1 Stability
  • Section 6.3 Prevention of Falls Down Step(s)
  • Section 7.3 Stability Test
  • Section 7.6 Step(s) Tests
  • Section 8.2 Labeling

On Apr 1, 2014, set 1 will cease and baby walkers shall conform with set 2 requirements only.

The Solution

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