ICCC to ban baby pram and strollers

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission’s (ICCC) aim to ban non-English labeled products also includes certain baby transports.

ICCC commissioner and CEO Paulus Ain declared yesterday that certain prams and strollers that do not meet standards were considered unsafe because they expose babies to a number of hazards, including death.

“This assessment is based on the ICCC’s 2014 February survey results benchmarked against the current Australian and New Zealand standard for prams and strollers (AS\NZS 2088:2000),” Ain said.

Based on the survey finding, the Commission has gazetted its intention to ban these unsafe products.

However, at this stage the Commission’s decision is only an intention as this is the first stage of the process before a product is placed under interim ban.

“We are now, as required by the law, providing an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the intention to ban as following the consultations; a final decision will be made whether to impose an interim ban on the prams and strollers.”

Ain added that when a decision is made to impose an interim ban, suppliers and retail outlets sourcing and selling prams and strollers will be required to comply with the product safety requirements set out in the Commission’s gazettal notices.

“The ICCC will not hesitate to prosecute businesses selling banned products to ensure consumers are protected and businesses abide by the law.”

Offenders of the interim ban will be charged under section 108 (1) of the ICCC Act and be fined a maximum of K100,000 or face two years of imprisonment. 


Lamech Jinimbo