It’s official. Multipurpose ladders have been declared unsafe – and they’re banned from sale unless they pass the safety standard.
Join today and get instant access to all test results and research.
In 2005 we tested six multipurpose aka “multifold” ladders and found that none passed the voluntary safety standard for portable ladders (AS/NZS 1892.1:1996).
We suspect these products haven't improved much: earlier this year a similar type of ladder collapsed after its new owner climbed on it.
So we were pleased to hear the Minister of Consumer Affairs has declared these types of ladders unsafe. They’re banned from sale unless the ladder’s importer can prove it complies with the safety standard. The ban will last 18 months – after that, it will be reviewed.
More from consumer.org.nz
Thanks for requesting to reset your password. We've sent you an email with instructions on what you need to do. If you haven't received the email within the next five minutes please call us on 0800 266 786.
Sorry, the information you are trying to access is available to paying members only. Your membership helps us deliver our services and advocate for a fair deal for all New Zealand consumers.
Not a member yet? Avoid expensive mistakes and join more than 80,000 other savvy consumers making smart decisions.