After I had Abby, I learned about the concerns of toxic chemicals and flame retardants during the precious first years. This started my flurry of research, looking into products and ways to make a cleaner home environment. I love taking my children for long walks and on the weekends, they’re in the stroller for a good amount of time. When I looking into double strollers, there weren’t not a lot I could recommend. When I reached out to some select brands of double strollers, Mountain Buggy was the only one that provided a sufficient amount of information to give me the assurance:
All products sold here meet ALL other worldwide standards as North America has some of the toughest product standards. We not only pass, but exceed every safety standard worldwide!
No Phil and Teds or Mountain Buggy stroller products sold in the USA have been treated with fire retardants, with the exception of the Traveller Portable Cot’s inner mattress as it is an overnight certified sleep product. Although this item are treated with Fire Retardants, the chemicals that are of concern for its health risks, tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate (which contains bromine), and Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate or TDCPP are not used. We also work closely with our supply network to ensure our products do not contain harmful flame retardants such as all major diastereoisomers and Alkanes, C10-13, chloro (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins). Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (brominated flame retardant) is something generally used in the electronics industry for wire coatings. It is not something that is usual in our industry unless a product contains electronics. The retardant that we use in these 2 sleep products is an organic phosphate. It is located “within” the mattress, so it is completely isolated from the child by the outer layer as well.
Chemical testing of all materials used on phil&teds products is something that is taken seriously by phil&teds to ensure the safety of your child. We test our products to European, Australia, New Zealand, and American standards and legislation, including the relevant European directives. These have strict requirements for chemical testing of children’s products. As an example some of the chemicals we test for are as follows: Lead, Cadmium, Antimony, Chromium, Barium, Mercury, Selenium, Arsenic and Phthalates. All our products adhere to, and exceed the chemical requirements as stipulated by respective legislation in all our markets of operation.
The buggies are a PVC and BPA free product, and comply with all requirements relating to acceptable levels of Phthalates in children’s products. Our storm covers are made from a special “european directive” compliant PVC which means that the amounts of phthalates contained in the plastic must be below the specified levels. We have independently tested our storm covers and can confirm that no phthalates are detectable. These covers comply with CPSIA, REACH and European directives. There is no chlorine in our products also. The PVC covers do contain chlorides.
The content of lead in any of our mountain buggy products is either not detectable or is well below the CPSIA specified maximum level (trace amounts). There is no lead in our fabrics. In terms of the lead content in the USA market, we comply with both the mandatory limits of 300ppm for lead in content, and 90ppm for lead in surface coatings. To be specific, the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (HR4040) – Children’s products containing lead -Total Lead content in accordance with Sec. 101 (a) stipulates a maximum limit of 300ppm – our products typically contain <10ppm; whilst Total lead content in paint and surface coating in accordance with Sec. 101 (f) and 16 CFR 1303 dictates a maximum level of 90ppm – our products again typically contain <10ppm.
For more information about the tests each of our products have undergone, please see http://philandteds.com/us/
At phil&teds safety comes first that’s why we pride ourselves on attaining relative standards for all our products and keeping up to date with legislation in all our markets. The main worldwide recognized standards are the British/European (BSEN), Australian/New Zealand (AS/NZS) and American (ASTM). We exceed these and product safety standards in all 50 countries that we operate in. Also proving our dedication to the cause we’re the first and ONLY juvenile hardware company to achieve full CPSIA compliance with the new CPSIA standard in the US – exciting stuff!
As such, here is one double stroller that I can recommend:
Although this stroller is at a higher price point, it could be a good choice if you are looking to expand your family. The Duet can be purchased as a single or double stroller. Confusing, I know given it’s name!
Mountain Buggy Duet Single is in the mid $500s and comes eqip with a Joey tote bag with two removable tote bags & clips. Available for purchase (separately) to grow stroller to double: Duet Family Pack with second seat fabric, carrycot plus and grab bar.
Mountain Buggy Duet Double stroller is in the mid $700 and is a compact side-by-side buggy.
The family pack is an extra $200, so it seems like either way you go, they don’t cut you a break on the pricing! If you opt for the double stroller, you’d just be missing all the accessories that the single stroller offers (tote bag that may be convenient for shopping).
- Each seat adjusts independently
- Seats can be arranged to seat one or two children at once (single stroller to double stroller!)
- Easy one-handed fold
- Weight: 25 pounds
- Compact, fully featured, all-terrain side-by-side buggy is the same width as a single buggy