20 Jan 2017

Baby City fined $39,000 over cots

2:00 pm on 20 January 2017

A company selling baby products has been fined $39,000 for selling cots without correct labelling.

Baby City Retail Investments Limited (Baby City) was fined by the Auckland District Court over six charges.

The Commerce Commission said the charges related two models of Baby City's cots, sold between October 2014 and 2015, which failed to comply with the packaging and labelling requirements of the safety standard.

The standard for household cots is enforced under the Fair Trading Act and aims to reduce the risk of injury or death to babies from using unsafe cots, the commission said.

Baby City has agreed to carry out a series of testing and quality control procedures designed to ensure that all household cots it supplies comply with the standard.

The two models were the Milano 3-in-1 Sleigh style cot (Sleigh Cot) and the Milano Phoenix cot (Phoenix Cot).

In January 2016 Baby City issued a product safety notice for the cots to provide customers with an instruction booklet to repair defects and a new information leaflet for the cots. It had not received any reports of injury or harm due to either cot.

Baby City operates 15 shops across New Zealand and sells online through its website.