The Product Safety Standards (Baby Walkers) Amendment Regulations 2005
Baby walkers allow a child greater mobility, and faster access to other objects and situations, in their environment than they would normally have.
Other people share that environment (adults and other siblings) and it is not always possible to completely remove all other hazards or to focus undivided attention on one child.
The baby walker itself therefore needs to be designed so as to minimise the risk of injury that extra mobility may invite. These risks include children falling down steps or stairs, or from tipping over. Parents and caregivers need to supervise children in baby walkers at all times.
The standard applies to both new and second-hand baby walkers. The Fair Trading Act regulations declare the American Safety Standard—Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers (ASTM F977-03) (with variations) to be a product safety standard.
The standard sets out requirements that address the stability of the walker, its structural integrity, performance over steps and the provision of safety warnings.
Purchasing the Standard
American Safety Standard—Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Infant Walkers (ASTM F977-03) can be purchased from American Society for Testing and Materials (ATSM).(external link)
Enforcing the Standard
The Commerce Commission(external link) is responsible for enforcing this standard and has published some guidelines.