Target, Baby Bunting fined over dodgy strollers

Target and Baby Bunting have been slugged with a total of $63,000 in fines after the ACCC found they sold
Target and Baby Bunting have been slugged with a total of $63,000 in fines after the ACCC found they sold "unsafe" strollers and misled their customers.

Two retailers have been slapped with $63,000 in fines by the consumer watchdog after selling dangerous child strollers.

The ACCC on Wednesday issued a $37,800 fine to Target and a $25,200 fine to Baby Bunting for selling and marketing “unsafe” convertible tricycle strollers and giving consumers the “misleading” impression they could be used safely to transport babies.

The penalties come after a market-wide review of convertible stroller products found many lacked key safety features like parking brakes, tether straps and suitable harnesses.

Following the review, both Target and Baby Bunting removed a number of ‘SmarTrike’ convertible tricycle strollers from their stores.

The brands also provided the ACCC with a court enforceable undertaking acknowledging they had misled their customers by marketing the strollers as safe to use.

“Mandatory safety standards for prams and strollers exist to keep babies and toddlers safe,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said in a statement.

“Businesses need to take their responsibilities under these standards very seriously and ensure every product they sell complies. If they don’t, they should expect strong ACCC action.”

Both Target and Baby Bunting have agreed to stop selling the products unless they can meet safety standards.

Target issued a recall for 21 SmarTrike models on Tuesday while Baby Bunting previously issued a recall for five of its own SmarTrike models in September.