Baby walkers banned in Canada

Baku, November 21, AZERTAC

Baby walkers are not allowed in Canada - at all. Retailers can't advertise or carry them nor can parents sell used ones. If they do, they face hefty fines of up to $100,000 or six months in jail.

The baby walker ban officially became law in April 2004, after 15 years of retailers not selling them on a voluntary basis. Health Canada decided to make it law because Canadians were still bringing them in to the country despite the safety risks.

Health Canada collected data from 16 hospitals across the country and discovered more than 1,900 babies aged five to 14 months suffered baby walker injuries between 1990 and 2002.

Injuries related to baby walkers include: falling down stairs, flipping over, reaching dangerous objects, such as household poisons or hot drinks and crashing into heaters or hot stoves.

Under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, Canadians are not allowed to manufacture, import, advertise or sell baby walkers.

These rolling devices aren't banned in the U.S., but experts still strongly recommend against using them.

still determined to find ways of getting their hands on one. They have tried ordering them on eBay or smuggling them across the border themselves. But, if found, customs officers will seize the baby walker.

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