01.Unsafe cots recalled
Two styles of baby cots being sold online have been recalled after testing obtained by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) identified the designs as being a safety risk.
The risk assessment found that with both designs an infant may fall out of the cot, suffocate or become entrapped. As a result two online traders have paid infringement notices and provided undertakings to the ACCC after admitting that the cots they were selling didn't comply with the mandatory safety standard.
The online retailers are New Aim Pty Ltd, trading as as 'OzPlaza.Living' which sold the 'Wooden Sleigh 3-in-1 Baby Cot' through its eBay store between June and September 2013, and Le Tian, trading as 'SavingForAussie', sold the 'Canterbury Cot' through its eBay store between May and September 2013.
Both retailers have agreed to make further attempts to notify affected customers about the recalls, and offer free collection of affected cots and refunds to customers.
Parents and carers with any concerns about a cot purchased can check if their cot has been recalled on the ACCC's product safety recalls page.
Cracking down on cot safety
Currently the ACCC is consulting with industry and consumer groups about possible improvements to the safety standard for household cots and other children's products. Already as a result of the a safety surveillance program nearly 5500 cots have been recalled since 2013.
ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard has said that the commission is committed to improving product safety. "The design, safety and performance, informative labeling and marking requirements of the standard for household cots are very important as they are designed to reduce the risk of serious injury to children and infants" she said.
Further information on the safety of cots and other products is available at Product Safety Australia.
For the latest CHOICE test results for the safest and most durable baby cots go to our cots review.