Need to know
- The cot failed the mandatory standard and presents risks including falling, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation
- Retailer MyMoonMart declined to issue a recall until the ACCC stepped in
- Six other cots and two strollers also failed our lab safety tests
A portable cot for babies has been recalled after CHOICE lab tests revealed serious safety failures and we contacted the ACCC about the issue. We're urging parents to return the product to the retailer for a refund.
The product in question, the Mamakiddies Baby Playard Happy Dino portable cot, failed the mandatory safety standard in our labs and "presents a long list of risks including fall, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation" says CHOICE tester Kim Gilmour.
[The cot] presents a long list of risks including fall, suffocation, entrapment and strangulation.CHOICE tester Kim Gilmour
The cot was sold through retailer MyMoonMart, which initially declined our request on 12 July to issue a recall to its customers but told CHOICE it was no longer selling the Mamakiddies cot.
On 25 August, the product was finally recalled following our consultation with the regulator.
Voluntary standards should be mandatory
The Mamakiddies cot also failed a number of voluntary standards for babies and kids products during our tests, standards that we believe should be made mandatory and that are rigorously applied in our test labs.
In addition, six other cots and two strollers failed our tests against the voluntary standard, as follows:
- 4Baby Liteway Travel Cot
- Star Kidz Amico Super Light Travel Cot
- Kmart Anko Travel Portacot
- Babyhood Uno 2 in 1 Portacot
- Childcare Ison 3 in 1 Travel Cot
- Mocka Porta Cot
- Babybee Rover 2019 stroller
- Milly & Coup Milo stroller
"Our main issue with the other portable cots we put through the CHOICE labs was a lack of mattress firmness which presents a suffocation risk to children," says Gilmour.
"If you have any of the portable cots or strollers on this list, CHOICE urgently recommends you stop using them for the safety of your children," she says.
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