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Pushchairs and buggies

child in buggy

Pushchairs and buggies are a godsend to parents weighed down by their rapidly growing little darlings.

Despite very high levels of safety, injuries have happened to children, caused primarily by faulty brakes, flammable materials, unstable carriages and finger entrapments.

What should I look for when buying a new pushchair or buggy?

Whether buying a pushchair or buggy new or second-hand, always look for a reference to a safety standard – this will be typically BS 7409 or BSEN 1888:2003.

Are there extra factors to consider when buying or receiving second-hand products?

RoSPA supports the supply of second-hand buggies and pushchairs but advises parents to exercise caution before purchasing these items.

Always check that the product you are buying is safe and has not been involved with a product recall. Also, it needs to be marked as complying with the safety standard(s) mentioned.

Check that all harnesses have five straps, and be aware that non-reclining seats are not suitable for a child under six months old.

Should I take any precautions before using a buggy or pushchair for the first time?

Yes, before you put your child in a buggy or pushchair:

  • Check the brakes (lock and unlock them and then push)
  • Check that the product is properly unfolded and "locked" together correctly
  • Check that there is no damage, including sharp edges or torn fabric.

What are the general day-to-day safety tips for using a buggy or pushchair?

General rules for all parents who already own buggies and pushchairs are:

  • Keep your child harnessed in at all times and never leave them unattended
  • If making adjustments keep the child well away from moving parts
  • Buggies and pushchairs require regular maintenance
  • Overloading can be dangerous – don't put coats and bags on top of the buggy as these can cause it to tip over
  • Handles are not for carrying shopping bags – these can also cause instability
  • If using a "buggy board" for older children to stand on while you push, please ensure that it is suitable for the buggy and fitted correctly
  • Incorrect folding can damage the product
  • Avoid using non-approved accessories which can cause damage
  • ALWAYS read the instructions before assembling and using the product.

You can find more advice and information at the Trading Standards Institute website.

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