Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Media release: Trampolines not up to standard

Media release: Trampolines not up to standard


Only one trampoline has met critical safety checks in a test by Consumer NZ.

Five popular trampoline brands were tested, based on the Australian standard, which is more up-to-date than the Kiwi version.

Only the Springfree R54, a soft-edge trampoline with its frame and springs beneath the jumping mat, passed the impact tests. The tests assessed the risk of brain injury from a child's head colliding with the safety padding above the frame.

ACC statistics show 7600 people annually injure themselves on (or around) a trampoline. That's slightly more than the number of people who have a skateboard-related injury.

None of the traditional trampolines (those with the springs around the edge of the jumping mat) passed the impact tests. Two trampolines were also rated poor for bounce quality. These were the Parklands TC-1004S and the Gametime TR-10 Combo-L.

Sue Chetwin, Chief Executive of Consumer NZ, says: "Often the padding on the models we tested wasn't effective at cushioning a fall. Most showed permanent damage after only four collisions."

Chetwin says the poor results indicate the voluntary standard for trampolines isn't working: "It's too easy to ignore the safety requirements set out in the voluntary standard. A mandatory standard, one that covers safety nets and soft-edge trampolines, is required if we're serious about reducing the number of trampoline-related injuries."

For the full report visit: www.consumer.org.nz/reports/trampolines

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

What Winter? Temperature Records Set For June 20-22

The days around the winter soltice produced a number of notably warm tempertaures. More>>

Conservation Deal: New Kākāpō Recovery Partnership Welcomed

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the new kakapo recovery partnership between DOC and Meridian Energy is great news for efforts to save one of New Zealand’s most beloved birds. More>>

ALSO:

Tech Sector Report: Joyce Warns Asian Tech Investors View NZ As Hobbits And Food

Speaking in Wellington at the launch of a report showcasing the value of the technology sector to the New Zealand economy, Joyce said more had to be done to tell the country's technology stories overseas. More>>

ALSO:

Mediaglommeration: APN Gets OIO Approval For Demerger Plan

APN News & Media has received Overseas Investment Office approval for its plan to split out its NZME unit ahead of a potential merger with rival Fairfax Media's New Zealand operations. More>>

New Paper: Ninety-Day Trial Period Has No Impact On Firms' Hiring

The introduction of a 90-day trial period has had no impact on hiring by New Zealand companies although they are now in widespread use, according to researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Exits Equity Stake, Remains As Operator

Serco has sold its equity stake in the company that holds the contract to design, build and run Wiri Prison in South Auckland but continues as sub-contractor to operate the facility. More>>

GDP: NZ Economy Grows Faster-Than-Forecast 0.7%

New Zealand's economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter of 2016 as construction expanded at the quickest rate in two years. The kiwi dollar jumped after the data was released. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news