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85% of double prams fail CHOICE safety tests: Phil & Teds, Baby Jogger and more
Make sure you're not putting your little ones at risk when you buy a new pram.
A double stroller is a necessity if you have double trouble in the form of twins, or it might be an option worth considering if you have two little ones close in age.
Either way, you want to choose a pram that's not only going to be easy to use, but also safe for you and the bubs. Surely a manufacturer wouldn't sell you a product for a child that's potentially unsafe, right?
Unfortunately, of the 47 double prams we've tested from 2012 to 2019, 40 have failed the safety tests conducted in our CHOICE labs. That's a shocking 85%, and it includes leading brands such as Phil & Teds, Baby Jogger and Joie.
In our latest test, 15 of the 24 models failed our safety tests.
"There is a mandatory safety standard that pram manufacturers in Australia must adhere to," says CHOICE baby product expert, Rebecca Ciaramidaro. "However, it's outdated. A newer version was written in 2013, but it's only voluntary and manufacturers aren't obliged to adhere to it."
"We believe the 2013 version should be made mandatory, so our test experts go above and beyond, by not only testing against the mandatory requirements but also testing against the voluntary standard and basing our recommendations off of it," she says.
Some of the prams had serious safety failures such as straps that posed serious strangulation risks or designs that have entrapment hazards. Other prams had minor safety failures, such as if the harness does not meet all the requirements for properly securing the child.
We carry out various tests on all the prams, including checking that the harness straps are adjustable and of adequate length; the child is securely restrained; folding mechanisms are safe and secure; and there are no sharp edges or possible entrapment points for fingers or limbs. We also test the stability of the stroller and that the brakes work well. A stroller that meets these crucial tests is worth considering.
Read more: How to buy the best pram or stroller for your baby.
View full reviews for all these models and to find out which models we recommend, see our double pram and stroller reviews.
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