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.
What is the product safety standard for household cots?
The Product Safety Standards (Household Cots) Regulations 2005 (Regulations) set sections of safety standard AS/NZS 2172:2003 Cots for household use – Safety requirements with amendments as the product safety standard that suppliers of new and second-hand cots supplied in New Zealand must comply with.
What types of cots are covered?
- folding cots
- carry cots
- antique or collectible cots, as long as they carry a warning label that is easy to read and displayed on the cot where it can easily be seen. The warning label must state: WARNING: THIS COT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR USE AS A SLEEPING FACILITY FOR INFANTS OR CHILDREN.
Who do the rules apply to?
- in a shop
- at a garage sale or market
What are the rules?
- space between bars must not be less than 50mm or exceed 95mm
- distance between the edges of the mattress and any end or side of the cot must not exceed 20mm
- distance between the bottom rails (when the cot is closed) and the mattress base cannot be less than 12mm or more than 30mm
- the distance between the floor and the cot's bottom rail at its lowest point must not be less than 50mm.
Structure and design
- The cot's design and fastenings have to allow free movement of the dropside of the cot – the dropside guides have to be firmly fixed.
- There must be either two fasteners or a system that requires two separate but simultaneous actions to access the cot.
- The bottom edge of the lowest rails must not be higher than the top of the mattress base.
- Nothing on the cot can protrude more than 5mm, unless it is designed so clothing cannot be caught on it.
- There must be no sharp edges or points on the cot that could risk injury to a child, or that clothing could catch on.