The Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall on Tuesday of nearly 223,000 strollers due to the dangers they pose for young infants.
“This recall is part of a larger effort by CPSC to address fatalities that occurred prior to new and better stroller standards being in place," says CPSC spokesperson Patty Davis. Specifically, CNN reported, the death of a 6-month-old boy in 2004 and the near-strangulation of a 7-month-old girl in 2006. Both children wedged their head between the tray and seat.
In 2008, stroller manufacturers modified the amount of room between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom to prevent things like this from happening.
For that reason, CPSC officials want to warn parents with newborn children about the dangers of strollers that were made before that year.
Likewise, the CPSC advises mothers to be wary of buying strollers on auction sites, such as eBay, because they may inadvertently wind up with a dangerous product that should have been repaired or returned to the manufacturer.
Officials reportedly did not connect the abovementioned cases to company Peg Perego USA until recently. The Pliko-P3 and Venezia model stroller were first manufactured in January 2004 and sold at stores like Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby throughout the country until September of 2007.
For a list of model numbers and the number to call for a repair kit, please visit the CPSC’s website.