There's good news for cautious parents regarding the use of strollers! The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a new safety standard for these items that will take effect in September 2015. The new guidelines were created to help lessen the 1,300 reported stroller-related incidents that occurred from January 2008 to June 2013.
On March 4, the Commission voted unanimously in favor of these updated safety guidelines. The CPSC hopes that these improved standards will make strollers and baby carriages safer than ever.
First and foremost, the new standard will address an array of possible hazards related to hinges, broken wheels, parking brake failures, lock mechanism issues, restraint and stability. The guidelines mandate that all strollers must be tested before use, as well as labeled properly.
"I believe it is time that we put a strong mandatory standard in place: A federal standard that helps to ensure that a stroller ride is a safe ride for babies and an equally safe ride for toddlers," CPSC's Acting Chairman Bob Adler said in a statement.
This new mandate is essential for the health and safety of babies across the country. When you're a parent, your child's well-being is your number one concern. If you need help selecting a stroller for your little one, be sure to check out our buying guide or stop by your local Brixy retailer for expert advice. At Brixy, our goal is to work with you to help you find the very best and safest products for your children. Here's to happy, healthy and educated shopping!