Stroller Safety Guidelines
Make sure your stroller meets the mandatory industry safety standards as set by The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and the voluntary standards as set by the American Society for Testing and Materials. Strollers that meet or exceed these safety standards are certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA).
Strollers that are JPMA certified are clearly labeled and the certification seal should be displayed prominently on the stroller itself or the shipping carton. Buying a new JPMA certified stroller assures you that your stroller meets the latest safety standards. Buying new will also protect your baby from the hidden dangers of second-hand strollers.The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) offers the following general stroller safety guidelines:
- Always use the stroller's harness system to secure your baby when in the stroller.
- Choose a stroller with a wide base to prevent tipping when your baby reaches or leans over the side.
- If the stroller seat reclines, make sure the stroller won't tip backward when your baby lies down.
- Never hang shopping bags, diaper bags, or hand bags over the handles to prevent the stroller from tipping over backwards.
- Make sure your stroller has a locking mechanism that prevents the stroller from collapsing accidentally.
- Always lock the wheels of the stroller when it is not moving to prevent it from rolling away.
- When you collapse or expand the stroller, make sure that your baby's hands are away from all areas that could pinch their fingers.
- Look for strollers with the JPMA Certification Seal.