There are currently six product safety standards that are set by regulation under the Fair Trading Act. The standards help prevent and reduce the chance of accidents and injuries while consumers are using these products.

The six product safety standards relate to:

  • pedal bicycles
  • baby walkers
  • children's nightwear
  • children's toys
  • household cots
  • cigarette lighters.

The requirements in each product safety standard are different depending on the type of product.

Go to the Standards New Zealand website to buy the standards.

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What are product safety regulations and standards?

Product safety standards regulations set safety standards that suppliers of goods must comply with. The regulations set out what type of goods are covered, what standard/s or parts of standard/s apply to New Zealand and any variations to those standard/s. Failure to comply with product safety standards set by regulations breaches the Fair Trading Act and is illegal.

You are responsible for ensuring the goods you sell meet their product safety standard.

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Baby walkers

As baby walkers allow children who cannot walk to move around faster and further and in different ways than they are able to on their own, children may get hurt when using one,

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Children's nightwear

Children may be injured if their nightwear accidentally catches on fire. To help prevent injuries, all new and used clothing suitable for children to wear as nightwear must be made of fabric less likely to burn or to have a fire hazard information label.

Clothing made from fabrics that are too highly flammable must not be supplied.

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Children's toys

Children under the age of 36 months are less able to cough up anything they swallow and may choke if they inhale a part of a toy (including a battery) when they are playing with it.

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Cigarette lighters

Cigarette lighters that are unsafe, do not work properly or are used incorrectly, particularly by children, may cause accidental fires and injuries.

To reduce the risk of accidental fires, cigarette lighters must meet certain performance, design and labelling standards. Lighters must be designed to ensure most children would not be able to operate them.

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Household cots

Babies and young children may be injured in an unsafe cot.

To help reduce the risk of injury to babies and young children, household cots must meet certain design and construction requirements, pass impact, strength and durability tests and have warning labels attached.

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Pedal bicycles

Cyclists may be injured by riding an unsafe bicycle. To help prevent injuries, new bicycles must meet design and performance requirements and also have warning labels attached.

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Unsafe goods notices

The Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs may declare goods unsafe where it appears they may cause injury. You need to ensure you do not supply any product that has been banned by an unsafe goods notice. Anyone who supplies a banned product may be fined.

A number of products are subject to an unsafe goods notice:

  • small high-powered magnets
  • multipurpose ladders
  • chainsaws without a chain brake
  • lead in children’s toys
  • hot water bottles that do not meet the standard
  • candles with lead in the wicks and candlewicks containing lead
  • pistol crossbows
  • inclined infant sleep products.

For more information about unsafe goods notices and any updates please check the Consumer Protection website.