We carry out extensive safety tests on every pushchair we review to make sure it's safe for you to use with your little one.
We test according to the latest British Standard BS EN 1888:2018, with our experts checking everything from choking and entrapment hazards to the stability of the pushchair and handlebar strength.
Read on to find out about the most common safety failures we've uncovered in our lab tests.
Small objects that are within reaching distance of your child can be a potential choking hazard.
We've found several pushchairs with small parts that can be pulled off including zips and fastenings.
One double pushchair we tested, costing more than £1000, had a stud fastening for the ventilation window on the hood, which could potentially be pulled off by the child sitting in the seat behind.
On some pushchairs, the covering or filling of the bumper bar can be a choking hazard. We use a special device to 'bite down' on the bumper bar to check whether there is a risk that a child could remove any of the covering or filling through biting.
A pushchair should be able to withstand years of being pushed over various terrain, around obstacles and up and down kerbs.
To test the strength of the handlebar, we use special equipment that repeatedly lifts and lowers the handlebars up to 10,000 times, designed to replicate several years of use.
Four pushchairs have failed this test in the last year including a travel system compatible pushchair costing nearly £1000, where the handle snapped off completely.
It's vital that a pushchair stays upright and stable, even when it's on sloping ground. But our tests have found that some pushchairs can overturn, putting your child at risk.
We test the stability of each pushchair in all the configurations you might use, for example with the seat reclined to various levels and facing different directions.
Four of the pushchairs we've tested in the last year have failed this safety test.
On some pushchairs we've found that the memory buttons, which are used to attach and release the seat unit, carrycot or car seat, can be pressed in with very little force and stay activated.
This means there's a risk that the buttons could be accidentally pressed, and the seat unit, carrycot or car seat could detach from the pushchair frame unexpectedly.
This is the most common safety issue we've seen in the last year, with 20 pushchairs failing this test.
To check how effective the brakes are, we place the pushchair on a gradually increasing slope to see whether it stays in place with the brakes on, or whether it slides down the slope.
Our tests cover all the configurations that you might use the pushchair in, for example with the seat reclined to various levels and facing different directions.
Eight of the pushchairs we've tested in the last year have failed this safety test.