25 January 2018
CHOICE is calling for the Australian standard for trampolines to be made mandatory after seven popular models failed to meet critical safety tests.
"Whether it's inadequate padding, trapped limbs and fingers or falling through a broken frame, buying any one of these trampolines could see your loved one seriously injured," says CHOICE spokesperson Stefanie Menezes.
"Of the eight models we tested, only one – the Springfree Trampoline Medium Round R79 – passed the impact, structural and entrapment checks."
The trampolines that failed CHOICE's recent test included:
- Jumpflex Classic 100
- Kmart 10 foot with enclosure 42497134
- Plum Space Zone 10 foot
- Vuly Thunder Medium
- Lifespan Hyperjump Plus
- Action 10 foot S001964
- Kahuna Classic 10 foot Orange
"We found six models had padding which failed to reliably protect a child's head from injury, while four models had significant gaps where a child could get their head, limbs or fingers trapped," says Ms Menezes.
"While these trampolines are legal to sell in Australia, they fail to pass the latest standard tests which check that the frame and enclosure are structurally safe and sound."
CHOICE is calling for the current Australian standard for trampolines to be made mandatory.
"Manufacturers have no obligation to meet the current voluntary standard, leaving poorly designed products on the market and young kids at serious risk," says Ms Menezes.
"Updating the legal benchmark would help weed out the potentially dangerous and flimsy trampolines on the market."
An Australian-wide survey in 2016 found one in six children who jumped on a trampoline had sustained an injury, such as sprains, cuts, concussion or broken or fractured bones.
A separate 2015 study found children aged 5–9 make up the largest contingent of hospital-admitted trampoline injuries (46.2%), followed by children aged 0–4 (26%).
"Parents buying trampolines in Australia at the moment cannot have confidence that the product they're purchasing meets basic safety standards," says Ms Menezes.
"It's also yet another example of why CHOICE has been calling for the introduction of a General Safety Provision.
"Such a provision would overcome some of these failings by encouraging manufacturers and suppliers to meet the best safety standards available, even when these standards are voluntary."
To join CHOICE's campaign calling for the Australian trampoline standard to be made mandatory, head to campaigns.choice.com.au/trampolines
Stefanie Menezes, CHOICE Communications and Media Advisor: 0430 172 669
Critical requirements of current Australian standard for trampolines that should form a new mandatory standard
- Protection against entrapment (section 2.2.6)
- Structural integrity of frame (section 2.2.6)
- Whether the padding/frame edge adequately protects against impacts (section 2.2.7)
- Enclosure system (section 2.2.8)
- Information and marking requirements (Appendix A)