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Federal Standards Set to Ensure Stroller Safety

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has, for the first time, voted to set federal safety standards for strollers.  The commission’s vote, which was unanimous at 3-0, includes a series of previously voluntary regulations, and it adds specific provisions to prevent strollers from having a risk of injuries including scissoring, shearing, and pinching, most of which are associated with folding or foldable strollers.  Last summer, Peg Perego recalled 223,000 strollers because of entrapment and strangulation hazards, and thousands of Kolcraft strollers were also recalled because of a finger amputation hazard.

For the new federal standards, CPSC staff reviewed more than 1,200 stroller-related incidents, including four fatalities and nearly 360 injuries that occurred from 2008 through 2012. The agency believes that the new standard will help to reduce the risks associated with the majority of the hazard patterns identified in reviewing the stroller incidents. Hazards include wheel breakage or detachment, hinge issues, car seat attachment, handlebar failures, and structural integrity issues.  The injuries that have resulted from these problems include finger amputation, falls, and head entrapment.

The proposed standard has a 75-day “comment period” before it is added to the Federal Register, during which time the public can post comments at  The CPSC recommends that the standard become effective 18 months after publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.

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Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Older Strollers

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The stroller company, under advisement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced a voluntary recall of 223,000 strollers because of a danger that children may become entrapped or strangle in the strollers.  The recall does not affect new strollers, but two older models that have caused at least one infant death.  From the CPSC release:

A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.

Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.

The recall involves two different older versions of the Peg Perego strollers, Venezia and Pliko-P3, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors. They were manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.

The following Venezia and Pliko-P3 stroller model numbers that begin with the following numbers are included in this recall. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3′s stroller seat and on the Venezia stroller’s footboard.

Pliko-P3 Stroller Model Numbers: IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, IPPO28US71
Venezia Stroller Model Numbers: IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, IPVC13NA34
“Peg Perego” and “Venezia” or “Pliko-P3″ are printed on the side of the strollers.

The strollers were sold at various retailers nationwide, including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010 for between $270 and $330 for the Pliko P-3 stroller and between $350 and $450 for the Venezia stroller. They were manufactured in Italy.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact the firm for a free repair kit. Do not return the stroller to the retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.

For additional information, call Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 anytime or visit the firm’s website at

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Strollers Recalled Due to Finger Amputation Hazard

Monday, June 18th, 2012

A popular brand of baby strollers made by Kolcraft has been recalled after three children have reportedly had their fingers amputated and two adults have smashed their fingers in the stroller’s locking mechanism. reports:

Approximately 36,000 defective strollers were sold in the United States and Canada between January 2006 and June 2012, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and adults have had their fingers caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism on the stroller, according to the commission.

The recall involves the Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On the ZL002 model, the number and date of manufacture is printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On the ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018 models, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a label sewn into the edge of back of the stroller seat pad.

Manufactured in China, and sold nationwide at children’s specialty stores and online at various retailers, the strollers cost between $150 and $160, according to a statement released by the safety commission.

Repair kits are being made available to owners of the specific models identified. Consumers are urged not to use the stroller and contact Kolcraft for more information on the recall.

Parents can visit this Kolcraft website for more information.

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U.S. Unit of Maclaren Strollers Files for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The U.S. unit of the international stroller company Maclaren has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning that it intends to liquidate its assets in this country.  The move is the latest in a series of setbacks for the company, which in 2009 faced lawsuits from 12 families whose children had had fingers amputated by faulty hinges on foldable strollers.

The New York Times reports that among the creditors who are entitled to the liquidated assets are seven of the families who sued and were awarded settlements.  The company allegedly has $45,413 in assets and $15.9 million in liabilities.

Maclaren strollers remain for sale in many U.S. retail shops and online, and the international company remains in business.

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B.O.B. Jogging Strollers Under Voluntary Recall Due to Choking Hazard

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

The popular stroller brand B.O.B. has issued a voluntary recall of single and double strollers more than 411,000 single and double jogging strollers in the United States and 27,000 in Canada, the company announced this week.

The recall stems from the embroidery backing patch, which the Consumer Product Safety Commission says can become detached and pose a choking hazard to children.  The agency received several complaints from parents, two of which involved a child gagging or choking on the detached backing.

Consumers are advised to remove the backing patch before using the stroller.  Parents can visit for details on the recall, including photos of the patch and instructions on how to remove it.

In February, the company issued a similar voluntary recall for stroller models that had drawstrings on their canopies, which posed a strangulation hazard to children.


Find out more about this recall and others with the Toy and Product Recall Finder.

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