It just seems like every so often some beloved child product is being yanked off the shelves because it has some sort of danger. First it was the drop side cribs, then there have been the lead scares from toys made in China.
Now it is the strollers. Peg Perego has recalled hundreds of thousands of older model strollers, according to The Associated Press. The strollers are being recalled because of their potential to strangle a child if they are not properly strapped in, writes Consumer Reports.
This recall comes on the heels of a 2004 death and a 2006 near death caused by babie's heads being trapped between the tray and seat of the Peg Perego stroller. Peg Perego was unaware of the incidents until years after, according to Consumer Reports.
The recalled Peg Perego strollers were manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007 and sold at retailers including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010. However, if the stroller had a two cup holder tray or a bumper bar, they are not included.
The following models are under recall:
Venezia stroller model numbers include IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, and IPVC13NA34. The model number is printed on a white label on the Venezia stroller's footboard.
Pliko-P3 strollers including IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, and IPPO28US71. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3's stroller seat.
If you have one of these strollers, stop using it and contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit. (888) 734-6020 or www.PegPeregoUSA.com.
Kolcraft, on the other hand, is recalling its stroller because the front wheels can break off and cause a child to fall. Also, the screws holding the basket in place can detach, posing a choking hazard to the child, according to Consumer Reports. The recalled product is the Contours Options LT Tandem, manufactured in January and February 2012.
Kolcraft urges you to stop using the stroller and contact them for free replacement wheels. (800) 453-7673 or www.kolcraft.com.
These companies are recalling their products because they want to avoid products liability claims. These types of claims allow consumers to recover damages caused by defective products.
It is likely that there could be a manufacturing defect case against the Peg Perego strollers because it is offering a repair kit. If the issue can be repaired, it is likely that there was a mistake in the way the product was manufactured.
Hopefully these stroller recalls will prevent more children from being hurt and the companies from facing excessive liability. We need to be able to trust our strollers.
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