Australia’s favourite pusher-into-ride-on, SmarTrike has been recalled. 

21 models of the popular ride along are affected meaning if you own one of these you’re likely on the list. Find out everything you need to know about the SmarTrike product recall.

If you’ve a child under five in your home you’ve probably owned or still own a SmarTrike. It’s important for all Aussie families to know why this product is recalled and make an informed decision for themselves.

Like a pram but not meeting Aussie pram standards

The SmarTrike is recalled because it’s pram like qualities mean it doesn’t meet the Australian Standards for prams.

Possessing many features of a stroller, the SmartTrike has been deemed unsafe as they do not have a parking brake, tether strap, or relevant warnings as required by the mandatory standard.

The ‘Trade Practices Act 1974 Consumer Protection Notice No. 8 or 2007 – Consumer Product Safety Standard for Prams and Strollers’ requires that all Aussie prams have these features.

As detailed on the Target Australia website the hazard results that ‘when used as a stroller to transport children, the product may cause injury to a child if the product rolls in an uncontrolled manner, or if a child falls out of the product.’ 

What to do now if you own a SmarTrike

The recall says that the SmarTrike should not be used as a stroller to transport children.  

Consumers who purchased the product from Target believing that ‘it was a stroller or could be used as a stroller’ can return the product to the store for a full refund. A receipt is not required to obtain a refund.

The decision is yours

Take the warnings into consideration and decide what’s right for you. If your child is already using the SmarTrike as their favourite ride toy on you’re probably safe to keep on doing so and do not need to return it. Either way, Target will support your decision.

Which models are recalled?

All the models shown below, including their date of sale, are subject to the recall. Access the recall chart here as a PDF.

For more information visit the Target website or call 1300 753 567. 

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Mother-of-two. Tea lover. Lego Ninja. Expert in carpet Play Dough extraction. Victoria Louis is a 30-something writer based in Sydney, NSW. A former marketing manager who loves to laugh there’s no topic she won’t explore. Victoria is full of opinion, big on kindness and believes the day is always better with a dash of lipstick.

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