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Hi, following the recent Choice testing of portable cots, and their detection of serious problems with most cots, I have very little confidence in buying and using a portable cot. Does Red Nose have any advice following the Choice testing? https://www.choice.com.au/babies-and-kids/baby-transport/portable-cots/articles/portacots-fail-mandatory-and-voluntary-australian-standards

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Posted a response on 25/11/19

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Red Nose supports the recommendation of Product Safety Australia (ACCC) in relation to Mandatory Standards for all cots.

All new and second-hand cots sold in Australia must meet the current Australian and New Zealand Standard for Cots (AS/NZS 2172:2003) and will carry a label to say so.

All portable cots sold in Australian stores must meet the mandatory Australian Standard AS/NZS 2195 for portable cots (portacot).

The 2018 Choice report on Portable Cots supports these standards.
There have been a number of portable cots recalled since the 2018 Choice Report.

KidsSafe QLD is cited in the Choice Report as saying:
“My advice to parents and carers is to always fully research infant products before you purchase,” says Susan Teerds, CEO of Kidsafe Queensland.

“Look at the Product Safety website and check for recalls and bans and what standards products meet. And, in fact, if there is any standard at all for that type of product! They might get a surprise to see how many products are not covered by a voluntary or mandatory standard.”

“If consumers have concerns about any product not meeting a mandatory standard or if they are simply unsure, they should contact the ACCC or their local regulator such as Fair Trading,” Teerds says.

Product Safety have a good web site which expands on the standards, highlights recalls & provides a way of lodging consumer concerns.

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