We warned parents not to buy children’s stair gates that demonstrated serious safety failures in our testing.
Samples of the Dreambaby Retractable Gate, Lindam Easy Fit Plus Deluxe Safety Gate and Safetots Self-closing gate (when fitted with adhesive pads) all failed to meet the criteria for the fatigue test. This test forms part of the EU safety standard (BS EN 1930:2011 part 6.11.2) for safety barriers.
Because of these failures, we made all three of these stair gates Don’t Buys with a 0% test score. Due to the severity of the failures for the Dreambaby gate, we called for the manufacturer to withdraw it from sale immediately, and issue a recall for any that have been sold.
We recommended owners of these gates stop using them immediately. We would also advised that if parents own the Safetots Self-Closing gate fitted with adhesive pads, or the Lindam Easy Fit Plus Deluxe gate, they should stop using it immediately until a fix can be found for the problems that are causing the gates to fail.
We reported all our findings to Trading Standards and the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).