Children can be put in dangerous situations and risk serious injuries or death if a pram or stroller rolls away from the carer’s control. We strongly advise using parking brakes and tether straps to ensure the pram or stroller cannot move away when stopped.
Limb and finger injuries
If children gain access to certain parts of the pram or stroller they may trap and/or injure their limbs and fingers.
Children not properly restrained in a pram or stroller can either fall out or move to a position where it can topple.
Strangulation or suffocation
Strangulation or suffocation can occur if children become trapped in parts of the pram or stroller.
The mandatory standard is based on Australian Standard AS/NZS 2088:2000 ‘Prams and strollers—safety requirements’.
AS/NZS 2088:2000 is a voluntary standard except for those sections specifically called up by the mandatory standard. You must consult the mandatory standard for these details.
For complete information about all mandatory requirements for prams and strollers, you must read Consumer Protection Notice No. 8 of 2007. This information is essential to ensure you and your business comply.
The mandatory standard came into effect on 1 July 2008.
in relation to goods - (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase and
in relation to services - provide, grant of confer.
This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying prams and/or strollers, including:
To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.
The requirements noted below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the mandatory standard. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing prams or strollers.
While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the mandatory standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Note that there are additional requirements for strollers that do not apply to prams.
Prams and strollers must be supplied with a suitable tether strap that allows the operator of the pram or stroller to be tethered to it while it is in use.
The standard specifies that the tether strap should be designed to reduce the possibility of it being a strangulation hazard for infants inside or outside the vehicle. The length of the strap should be as short as is practical, with any loop in the strap having a perimeter of less than 360 mm.
While the mandatory standard includes some features you can visually check, it also specifies testing to ensure prams and strollers meet requirements for impact, strength, load, durability and stability. Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories with the right skills, experience and equipment.
Strollers have additional performance testing requirements.
Strollers must have a permanently attached harness assembly that includes waist and crotch straps for each occupant. Strollers designed for more than one child must meet this requirement for all seating positions.
The adjustable range of each harness should be such that the harness can be adjusted to fit the range of occupants for whom the vehicle is designed.
Waist straps must have a minimum width of 20 mm. Waist straps and fittings for waist straps must be secured to the frame of a stroller either directly, or to a seat which is attached to the frame of the stroller.
Strollers with a backrest that reclines to an angle greater than 150° to the horizontal when in the fully laid back position must have a barrier provided that does not create a head entrapment hazard when tested in accordance with clause 8.6.2 and appendix L.
Head barrier requirements also apply to strollers with multiple/double seating and reclining positions where the head is at either end of the vehicle.