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Cot recall: It scored “0” in CHOICE safety tests

"This is quite possibly one of the worst cots we have ever seen." says CHOICE.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a recall notice for the All 4 Bubs Lunar cot because it poses several significant dangers to babies.
The recall follows the cot receiving a score of zero from consumer advocacy organisation CHOICE “after it failed key safety tests, failed to meet information requirements and scored only 30 per cent for ease of assembly”.
"This is quite possibly one of the worst cots we have ever seen. We strongly urge any consumer who has purchased this cot to stop using it immediately and seek a refund," says CHOICE head of media Tom Godfrey.
"We welcome the swift action by the regulator, this latest failure reinforces the need to review the mandatory Australian Standard for cots and mattresses and beef up the fines for companies that put infants at risk.
"Whether it's dodgy cots or flimsy mattresses, kids' safety has to be the priority. It's clear a number of companies are putting profit first."
How it failed CHOICE’s tests
CHOICE has a substantial list of areas in which the cot, which retails for $449 through eBay and direct through the retailer, has failed.
“(It) failed to meet minimum safety standards in several key safety areas including strength and stability as well as posing a head and neck entrapment hazard. There are also no safety or informative markings."
Here is CHOICE’s list of the cots failures:
  • The ends of the filler bars can be pulled out of their sockets in the top and bottom rails.
  • During the strength test, the filler bars detached from the top and bottom rails, causing a fall risk. The rubber pieces at the tips of the filler bars were detachable and small enough to cause a choking hazard.
  • The cot poses a head and neck entrapment hazard.
  • The sample failed the stability test and the castors lifted off the floor.
  • The instructions are not clear and complete and there is no information on the external packaging.
  • Major safety failure: There are no safety or informative markings on the cot.
Product Safety Australia advises that anyone who has bought this cot stops using it and seeks a refund from All 4 Bubs.

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