The ACCC has recently concluded its review of the safety standard for exercise cycles and the standard remains unchanged.
The mandatory standard for exercise cycles prescribes requirements for construction and design. It also mandates instructions for use of the exercise cycle.
Consumer Protection Notice No. 9 of 1997 sets out the mandatory requirements for exercise cycles.
This mandatory standard is based on certain sections of the voluntary Australian standard AS 4092:1993 Exercise cycles—safety requirements. AS 4092:1993 is available from SAI Global.
These requirements provide an overview of the mandatory standard. Suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.
Design, construction and testing
Exercise cycles must have:
- protective guards that prevent a child's fingers reaching hazardous moving parts while the bike is operating
- specific testing to ensure that exercise cycles meet requirements for entrapment hazards
- the seat and its support tested to resist failure which could impale or injure the user.
Suppliers need to organise this testing through specialist laboratories.
The user instructions supplied with the exercise cycle must outline the following:
- correct adjustment of the seat.