Updated 3 Aug 2016

Bugaboo

Cameleon3

Snapshot: The Bugaboo Cameleon3 is a single stroller that’s suitable for newborn babies. But how safe and easy to use is it?

Cameleon3
Avg price

$1674

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Test results

Ease of use
?/10
Adjustments
?/10
Loading
?/10
Moving
?/10
Carrying
?/10

Good points

  • OK to adjust.
  • OK to park and load.
  • OK to manoeuvre.
  • OK to fold and carry.
  • Suitable for a newborn baby.
  • Has six seat recline positions.

But

  • Failed three major safety tests: the crotch strap is not permanently fixed; when the head barrier and canopy are removed, gaps created could trap a child's head; at their longest setting, the harness loops are a strangulation risk.
  • Failed four minor safety tests.

How we test

In our stroller safety assessment, conducted to the AS/NZS 2088:2013 standard, we look for hazards to the child and the carer using the stroller.

To test durability we put the strollers on a bumpy “rolling road” machine for 64 hours at a speed of 5km/h. We also attach each stroller to a machine that continuously simulates the action of mounting a kerb. Strollers suitable for jogging get an extra 10 hours at 10km/h on the rolling road.

Major failures include insufficient child retention, strangulation hazards, poor stability (tipping), head entrapment hazards and structural durability failures.

To assess ease of use we put the strollers through their paces in real life. We check how easy it is to adjust the safety harness, seats and handle. We apply the brakes and access the bottom basket. We push them over rough terrain, up and down stairways and through doorways. We fold and unfold them, carry them and lift them into and out of a car boot.

To earn our recommendation, a stroller must have no major safety or durability failures, and no ease of use scores lower than ‘OK’.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1674
Configuration
Single
Test standard
AS/NZS 2088:2013
Major failures
3
Minor failures
4

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
112 x 59 x 104
Weight (kg)
12.1
Suitable for newborn
Yes
Maximum weight of child (kg)
17

Features

Wheels
4
Inflatable tyres
No
Rear brakes
Linked
Backrest recline positions
1
Seat recline positions
6
Adjustable handle
Yes
Front bar or tray
Bar
Bottom basket capacity (kg)
4.0
Pockets
No
Rain cover
Yes
Insect cover
No
Foot muff
No

More Info

Notes
Bugaboo Chameleon 3 strollers sold between 1 September 2012 and 19 March 2013 were recalled because of problems with their handles. See http://www.bugaboo.com/carryhandle for more information.
Availability
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