It's our jobs as parents to be concerned for the safety of our children. That's why many stroller manufacturers go through the extra and optional steps of getting certified by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) to be compliant with the international safety standards set by ASTM International. Because they have been certified we as parents can be a little less worried about our kids when we use certified strollers which are deemed safe across the entire world.
Of course little is known about these standards without a significant amount of digging. Most parents have no idea which strollers meet these international standards and most salespeople don't know either.
Below I've listed some of the qualifications strollers need to meet to be certified as safe and then listed off some of the safest strollers below. You should do further research into each brand to decide which stroller is best for you and your family as that is beyond the scope of this article.
What Standards Need To be Met For A Stroller To be Certified As Safe?
On the ASTM International website they have for sale a document that goes into broad detail on the safety performance specifications for strollers and carriages, unfortunately the full document must be purchased for a somewhat heavy cost.
To summarize however, a stroller to be sold legally, it must meet basic safety standards which are required:
- A safety harness that is securely attached to the stroller frame or upholstery and is designed to properly restrain the child when seated.
- A locking device that will prevent the accidental collapse of the stroller while in use.
- No exposed coil springs. Exposed coil springs could potentially pinch or injure your child.
- A warning that reads “Caution: Secure child in the restraint. Never leave child unattended.” This warning should be permanently attached to the stroller.
- Stability even when the stroller is placed on an inclined surface with a child seated inside.
Further requirements to actually be certified by the JPMA include going the extra mile and having the stroller tested for safety features such as but not inclusive to the following:
- brake requirements,
- stability tests,
- restraint system integrity / load tests on the stroller seat and footrest
These and other optional safety features are described by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and only those strollers certified by the JPMA can be accurately relied upon to be "safest in class".
JPMA maintains a list of current certifications but many of the top brands you are already familiar with such as *Baby Trend, Britax, Bugaboo, Chicco, Delta Enterprise, Dorel Juvenile Group, Evenflo, Go-Go Babyz, Graco, Hauck Fun for Kids, Joovy, Kolcraft, Maclaren, and Peg-Pérego, among others, which all meet these safety standards.
*This list was sources from Consumer Reports Stroller Buying Guide.
If you've read any of my prior articles you will recognize my favorite stroller brand for safety from the list: Maclaren. I posted articles on the new Maclaren Globetrotter here as well as a comparison of the Globetrotter and Volo here.
Maclaren strollers are not the only safety brand though as you can plainly see above. In the next section I will list off a short selection of certified safe baby strollers from the manufacturers listed above filtered by positive reviews from parents like you.
Popular & Safe Strollers Certified By The JPMA
The Maclaren Techno XT Umbrella Stroller - I've written about the Globetrotter and the Volo here on StrollerSoapBox but I haven't written about their larger and more full-featured model the Techno XT. Like other Maclaren models this stroller now meet international safety standards and as an umbrella stroller it will take up the least amount of space and weigh less than most any other full-featured stroller on the market. Parents love this thing; they have given it extremely high reviews.
The Britax B-Ready Stroller - This is a stroller that was first introduced in the first half of 2012. It has been an instant hit and it, like the Techno featured above, has exceptionally high reviews from many parents. It is a bit more expensive than the Techno but because it is a convertible stroller and able to adapt to fit many different seating accommodations including infant car seats and in-line double seating the versatility of the B-Ready makes this a stroller you will likely never have to replace.
There are a number of other strollers to choose from. I personally haven't used them all but I have handled many of them. Start with the list of certified brands mentioned above and then filter their models down to your price range. Then compare customer reviews to see which models are consistently approved of most by parents like yourself. And when in doubt ask questions. Other parents are always willing to lend an opinion when it comes to child safety.