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Plunket Supports Decision On Baby Walkers

MEDIA RELEASE

16 September 2003

PLUNKET SUPPORTS COMMERCE COMMISSION DECISION ON BABY WALKERS

A safety standard warning issued by the Commerce Commission today in regard to an imported brand of baby walker "Everyone Love" from China, has the full support of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society.

Plunket's National Child Safety Advisor, Sue Campbell, said the organization does not encourage the use of baby walkers generally, because of the dangers associated with their use and the injuries that can potentially occur to babies.

"The fact that this particular brand of baby walker has been on sale in New Zealand without safety warnings or the required mechanisms to help prevent tipping, is a concern," said Ms Campbell. "However, it is good to see that the Commerce Commission has been vigilant and stepped in to warn parents and caregivers that this brand does not comply with New Zealand product safety standard regulations. It is also important that people return these baby walkers to their place of purchase, so that there is no chance of accidents occurring."

"Many people do not realise how dangerous baby walkers can be and often use them as a convenient baby-sitting tool," said Ms Campbell. "In fact, a baby can move around quickly and cover a lot of ground in one, potentially getting into places that aren't safe for them."

Ms Campbell said this served as a reminder for people to take care when purchasing goods and equipment, especially any intended for use by babies and young children. If people are unsure or are alerted to an unsafe product, they can contact Plunket or the Ministry of Consumer Affairs.

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