Safety is a major thing to consider when ever you choose a product. The responsibility is more when it comes to Baby products like Baby Strollers. In this article, you can find some important related to safety standards adhered by various manufacturers and some important tips to consider while you are in the store to get a new stroller or while using the stroller.
Federal government, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), ASTM, JPMA, NHTSA are few bodies which create standards and regulations that any manufactures has to follow in order to provide a safer and secure product to the consumers. These organizations govern these standards based on the statistical data that has been reported to ensure the newer products are safe enough and also encourage the announcements to recall certain products from market if they pose potential hazard to users. You can refer to the respective websites to know more about latest & various standards that get into regulations.
While all of the manufactures do adhere to these standards, few of the ones go beyond the defined level to ensure the security of their users. Companies like Britax go beyond the federal standards and implemented ‘SafeCell Impact Protection‘ which ensures a safer Infant Car Seat. Evenflo does a testing called ‘Evenflo Temperature Testing‘ to ensure how sustainable a car seat is in high temperature conditions. Below are some of the Safety Standards that some of the manufacturers follow.
SafeCell Impact Protection: It is an integrated system of safety components that work together to protect your child well beyond the federal safety standards. These products (Infant Car Seats) feature an exclusive impact-absorbing based, impact-stabilizing steel frame & various levels of side impact protection to form the integrated system of SafeCell Impact Protection. This is applicable for Britax Infant Car Seats (Strollers which use this seats – Britax B-Agile 4/B-Safe 35 Travel System)
Side Impact Tested: Meets or exceeds all applicable federal safety standards and Evenflo’s side impact standards.
Evenflo Strollers are designed and tested for structural integrity at energy levels approximately 2X the federal crash test standard.
FMVSS 213: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Child Restraint Systems. This standard requires comprehensive dynamic testing intended to simulate crash situations & ensure the reasonable safety of the child occupant.
FMVSS 302: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for Flammability of Interior Materials
CMVSS 302: Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for Flammability of Interior Materials
CMVSS 213: Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standard for Child Restraint Systems.
Certified For Use In Aircraft: When used with the internal 5-point harness this restraint meets FAA Inversion requirements for airplane use.
Evenflo Temperature Testing: All current Evenflo car seats are tested for product integrity at both high and low temperatures.
JPMA certified: In order to use the logo, the manufacturer can choose join and fulfill necessary testing requirements which confirm the adherence to ASTM standards (which is a globally recognized body in development of voluntary consensus standards). Samples of each product are tested for compliance with all sections of each standard, or the lab verifies procedures used to help insure compliance.
Tips for Safety from Your End
Besides the standards defined by the governing bodies, it is utmost important for us to follow certain safety measures while using the strollers. This can help you & your baby to be safe in all aspects. Few of the most important safety tips that many parents suggest and follow are,
- Read instructions carefully before you use it first time.
- Always choose a full reclined seat for infant babies
- Never stroll a sleeping baby on a rough terrain.
- Never leave your baby un attended in baby seats/strollers, even if the baby is sleeping.
- Always use Harness system even when going slow or on halt.
- Do not hang bags to the stroller, they can easily tip off. If you want to have some things handy, you can try Stroller Organizers.
- Always use parking brakes on halt.
- Ensure both the brakes are used if your stroller do not have a linked brake system.
- Remove all the detachable before folding.
- Make sure the car seat is in tact before the baby is placed or before you start strolling. Hear for the click sound, if you are using Click Connect seats.
- Keep the stroller clean all times to avoid rust accumulations.
- Make sure stroller is completely open and the car seat is locked well before starting. Wiggle the seat to ensure the secured latching or connecting.
- Some manufacturers do not recommend using external toys or attachments to the car seats which could distract the safety system during crash. So ensure you check this before using any external attachments.
- Most Important thing, Register Your Product with the manufacturer
This article is intended to provide an insight to the area of safety standards and should not be considered as the final or complete standards information. Please visit or contact respective manufactures to know more about these. You can visit cpsc.gov, jpma.org, astm.org, nhtsa.org for detailed standards and regulations information. Make sure you REGISTER you product after purchase to ensure you are informed about the latest updates or product recalls.