Safety Guide

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION                                 
To have a Certified Product makes a powerful statement about the quality, performance and the safety of the Pamco product range. Ensure the baby cot you purchase meets AS/NZS 2172:2013 – Cots for household use – Safety requirements and complies with Australian and New Zealand Standards. If the cot has not been tested to the latest standard - ask why not?

From time to time we will have to adjust some of the products to conform with safety standards or manufacturing best practice, feed back from customers etc We will update photo images 

if the changes made are substantial or leave as is if changes are just small. 

Is your baby's cot safe?
There's nothing more delightful than the sight of a baby sleeping peacefully in its cot. And this should be one of the safest places in your home for your precious new bundle of joy. Sadly, there have been tragedies in the past here babies have died as a result of unsafe cots. For this reason, there is a cot safety standard, which is issued under the Fair Trading Act 1986 and enforced by the Commerce Commission.                                 

Before you shop for a cot for your baby, it is wise to understand what is required by the cot safety standard. The standard applies to cots whether they are sold new through a retailer, or second-hand via the internet, newspaper classifieds, garage sale, or even passed on to you by a well-meaning friend or relative. It does not apply to folding or carry cots, bassinets or antique cots.

So what do you need to look for when buying a cot, to ensure it does meet the standard? Some of the requirements covered by the standard include:

  • Space between bars must be between 50-95 mm
  • Space between cot sides and ends and mattress must be no more than 20mm on each side when the mattress is centred
  • No protrusions, measuring more than 5mm, that a child could fall on or snag clothing on
  • A maximum depth of 600mm from the mattress to the base at the lowest point on any side or end
  • No horizontal or diagonal bars or other fixtures that would allow a child to climb over the sides
  • A permanent warning and information label on the mattress base.

These are just a few of the requirements. For more information there is a handy fact sheet, "Households cots – A guide to complying with the product safety standard" available on the Commerce Commission's website.

You can also purchase a copy of the Standard AS/NZS 2172:2013 Cots for household use – Safety requirements from Standards New Zealand at

And finally – if you are shopping for a cot and discover one that you think does not meet the requirements of the cot safety standard, report it to the Commerce Commission either via their website or by emailing or by phoning 0800 943 600.

If the Commission prosecutes under the Fair Trading Act, and the courts find the Act has been breached, the company selling the cot can by fined up to $200,000 and an individual can be fined up to $60,000.

The Commission has also produced Fact Sheets on the product safety standards for children's toys, children's nightwear, baby walkers and pedal bicycles all of which may be useful to new parents as well.

Product Recalls 

As a supplier to the baby industry we receive regular updates about product recalls. We will also post this information
on our website as a public service so you are aware of any potential products that should be avoided or returned.

31/01/2014 - Britax Strollers -  B-Agile, B-Agile Double and BOB Motion strollers.  Partial fingertip amputation.
18/5/2012 - Safety First - Toilet and cabinet locks, models 48003 & 48103. Children can disconnect the locks. 

17/05/2012 - Tots in Mind - Crib Tent - (may only be USA) - multiple injuries from getting caught between tent and cot.

6/06/2012 - Evenflo convertible high chairs - trays detaching from chair causing child to fall - Dottie Lime, Dottle Rose & Mariana models 

14/06/ 2012 - Kolcraft strollers - (sold thru 1 day deals) - finger lacerations and amputations (in USA) 3 children and 2 adults.

24/6/2012 - Peg Perigo - Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers - strangulation hazard between seat and tray
                 - Kolcraft - Contours Options LT Tandem Strollers - front wheel assembly can break

19/12/2014 - Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, 

Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.  All models are a single-occupant stroller with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side 

and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. Strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 

are included in the recall. Model numbers and the date of manufacture are printed on the white label located at the bottom of the

 stroller leg just above the rear wheel. Hazard is due to the folding hinge possibly lacerating or amputating fingers. 



Second Hand Cots

There are many second hand cots available thru Trade Me, Buy Sell and Exchange or from friends or Family.
Usually there is nothing wrong with obtaining a cot through any of these sources but please do take care and inspect
that they are still working correctly and all the required parts are there. If not, please talk to us about getting replacements 
as we do have a full range and would hate for an accident to happen as your cot is not set up correctly.

Lost bolts, clips and teething strips are things that can break or be lost over time and should be checked every 6 months.
It has been noticed that after considerable time the materials used can break down and become brittle so should be replaced. 

See the Commerce Commission's website for information about the sale of second hand cots if you need more information.
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