14TH ANNUAL CHOICE
10 OCTOBER 2019
Back in 2006, we gave the Nuk Starlight Silicone Soother (0-6 months) an inaugural Shonky for failing to meet the voluntary Australian standard. The dummy's shield was too small, meaning a baby could get the whole dummy in their mouth. In a big win for little consumers, the government made the standard mandatory.
So imagine our astonishment when we tested dummies again this year and found the Nuk Starlight Silicone Orthodontic Soother (0-6 months) failed the mandatory standard – for exactly the same reason! When we tested the dummy in accordance with the standard, the shield passed through the opening in the test template (used to simulate the dummy passing through a baby's mouth).
The manufacturer can point to its own testing from reputable overseas laboratories to show compliance with the standard, but CHOICE does not agree with those findings. This is a serious safety issue that Nuk could address by increasing the shield size by a few millimetres.