Risky rides: CHOICE identifies three prams which failed safety tests

Left to right: Stoke Xplory V6, Pouch 2 in 1, Silver Cross Wave. Photo: Supplied
Left to right: Stoke Xplory V6, Pouch 2 in 1, Silver Cross Wave. Photo: Supplied 

Finding a pram for your baby can often be a confusing experience. There are hundreds of models on the market from the very cheap to the exorbitantly expensive.

There also the question of safety - how do you know that the pram you have chosen and spent your hard-earned money on, doesn't harbour a nasty future surprise?

CHOICE has put the safety spotlight on prams once again, testing the latest models. The consumer advocacy group has outed three models - two of them among the most expensive tested - as unsafe for babies and toddlers.

CHOICE pram safety expert Kim Gilmour says that, "While the CHOICE labs have seen an overall improvement in pram safety, there are still many models on sale which have serious fall and strangulation risks."

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the top-scoring models in CHOICE's safety tests. One of the top model prams with an overall score of 91 per cent costs just $99, proving you don't need to pay thousands for the safest ride for baby.

It's well worth subscribing to find out which models are the ones to buy - see the report here. Read additional information about the three duds here.

1. Stokke Xplory V6

Price: $1599

Overall score: 47 per cent

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Passed key safety tests: No

Faults identified by CHOICE:

  • strangulation hazard

"This expensive pram clearly fails voluntary Australian safety standards. The shoulder and waist straps fail to separate at all when the harness buckle is pressed, forming a loop which poses a serious strangulation hazard," says Kim. 

2. Pouch 2 in 1

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Price: $270

Overall score: 35 per cent

Passed key safety tests: No

Faults identified by CHOICE:

  • fall risk 
  • strangulation hazard
  • head entrapment risk

"While this pram has a lot of useful features, such as the easy conversion from seat to bassinet mode and extra seat padding, there is a head entrapment risk at the head end of the seat," says Kim. 

"And if the barrier straps are removed, there's a fall hazard. The harness also poses a strangulation risk, as the shoulder and waist straps didn't separate immediately when the appropriate test force was applied, forming a loop."

3. Silver Cross Wave SX2073

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Price: $2199

Overall score: 35 per cent

Passed key safety tests: No

Faults identified by CHOICE:

  • fall risk 
  • strangulation hazard
  • head entrapment risk

Kim says, "The pram poses a number of fall risks. In our tests, our probe easily went over the head end of the seat, and the waist strap is not permanently fixed to the seat. 

"The harness also forms a strangulation risk, as the shoulder and waist straps didn't separate immediately when the appropriate test force was applied, forming a loop."