July 25, 2012
Peg Perego, Kolcraft Recall Strollers Due To Safety Concerns
Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
Calling all parents of infants and young children. Safety is an important issue that has been highlighted recently in the media. In particular, two stroller companies recently made announcements regarding recalls.
To begin, stroller company Peg Perego recently recalled hundreds of thousands of strollers due to claims that children can become trapped and strangled in the trays between the devices; one death has already been linked to the stroller.
“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,” noted the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the company, a six-month-boy from Tarzana, California died from strangulation in a stroller in 2004, and another seven-month-old girl from New York was almost strangled in 2006. As such, Peg Peregos USA Inc. stated that entrapment and strangulation could occur, especially for those who are younger than a year old and not strapped into the stroller. If the child is unharnessed, he or she can move through the opening between the tray and the seat bottom, with the child´s head and neck risking becoming trapped by the tray.
TIME Magazine reports that the strollers that are being recalled were manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007. They include models such as Venezia and Pliko-P3 in an assortment of colors. The recall is for a total of 223,000 strollers and only strollers that include a child tray and one cup holder are being recalled. Those strollers that have a bumper bar in the front of the child or a tray with two cup holders do not need to be returned.
The company believes that the strollers were produced before the implementation of a voluntary industry standard in January 2008. The new standard addresses issues such as the opening between the seat bottom and the stroller tray, allowing for larger stroller openings that will reduce incidences of infant entrapment and strangulation.
For those who are interested in returning strollers, simply look for the model number listed on a white label found on the Pliko P-3´s stroller seat and the Venezia stroller´s footboard. The words “Peg Perego” and “Venezia” or also listed on the side of the strollers. These strollers were sold at major retailers like Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us. Consumers are recommended to stop using the strollers immediately and contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit. The company can be reached at 888-734-6020 or online at www.PegPeregoUSA.com. A full list of recalled strollers can be found here.
Apart from Peg Perego, Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. is also recalling strollers for possible hazards related to choking and falling. According to the Associated Press, the stroller´s front wheel can possibly break, creating a falling hazard, and the nuts that keep the stroller´s basket together can also be detached, producing a choking hazard.
Approximately 5,600 Contours Options LT double strollers are being recalled. These strollers, produced between February and July, are described as model ZT012. They were sold at locations such as Burlington Coat Factory, specialty stores, and websites like Amazon, Target, and other major retailers. No injuries have yet to be reported related to the Kolcraft Enterprises stroller. Owners of this specific model of Kolcraft Enterprises can contact the company via phone 800-453-7673 or online at www.kolcraft.com.