Baby strollers are not safe, the Government has said, as the number of accidents involving strollers has increased.
The Government has also recommended the use of baby strollers to increase the safety of babies travelling alone.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a statement which warns of the increased risk posed by strollers, and urges parents to use safety equipment, including seat belts, to ensure a safe ride.
Baby stroller safety in the UK According to the latest figures, the number has doubled in the past decade, to 3.5 million people in 2016.
In 2016, around 1.6 million people were injured by stroller accidents.
Of these, 1.4 million were children aged under four.
Of those, the majority (3.4%) were injured in accidents involving a baby strobe.
This is up from 0.8% in 2013.
The figure is even higher for older children and adults, with more than half of all stroller injuries in the last decade affecting children aged 10-14.
It is not just older children that are vulnerable, but the wider population, too, with an increasing number of people travelling alone or with a baby.
Stroller deaths The Department of Transport (DT) says there were 4,000 stroller deaths in the United Kingdom in 2016, including 2,000 children aged 0-17.
The number of strollers in use is estimated to have increased by about 100% since 2011.
A review of the latest data from the DfT in 2016 found the majority of those who died had been involved in a collision.
In some cases, the driver was wearing a seatbelt.
There were 2,600 reported cases of baby and toddler stroller related injuries in 2016 compared to just 665 in 2013, according to the DT.
Baby and toddler safety in Australia Baby strolling has been linked to accidents in the US, as well as other countries.
The DT says the number is currently increasing in Australia, with the number one cause of stroller crashes increasing from 14,935 in 2016 to 20,924 in 2021.
According to DT statistics, there were 765 baby and totalling 4,639 crashes involving stroller in the Australian population between 2011 and 2021.
The biggest spike in the number was for babies aged 0 to 4 years old, which rose from 13,719 crashes in 2011 to 21,037 in 2021, and totalled 32,737 in the same period.
However, there was also a decrease in the use in young children, with only a single case recorded in the previous three years.
The UK has also experienced a significant rise in the rate of strolling injuries and fatalities.
According the DofT, the overall rate of baby, totalling and toddler injuries increased by 27% between 2011-2020.
The majority of these injuries were caused by strolling.
There was also an increase in the rates of car crashes involving a stroller and other motor vehicles.
In total, the DT says more than 200,000 people were seriously injured in stroller-related accidents in Australia in 2016 and 2021, which equates to an increase of more than 10,000 a year.
The rate of deaths due to stroller crash accidents in England and Wales was almost double that of England and Scotland, with around 7,700 deaths.
The most common causes of death for strollers were head injuries (27.8%), neck injuries (25.9%), falls and fractures (18.6%), burns and punctures (15.8%) and falls (15%).
The largest group of stowaways were aged 15 to 19 years old (39.6%).
More information about baby strolling In a statement, the Department for Home Affairs said it has increased the number and types of stows fitted to baby strollers since the introduction of the law.
However it also added that parents need to be aware that, even though strollers can help keep babies safe, they can also make them feel uncomfortable and unsafe.
The statement said the Government is also aware of the need to educate parents and children about how to safely transport a baby in the future.
In particular, it said parents should be aware of safe stowing practices, and the importance of ensuring that the baby’s harness is tight.
For more information about strollers visit the DFT’s Baby and Toddler Safety page.