The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a popular baby stroller, due to possible choking hazards. The recall involves B.O.B.® single and double strollers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The recall involves 11 models of strollers with Embroidered Canopy Logo Backing Patches. Logos include: BOB®, Ironman®, or Stroller Strides®. The stroller canopy’s embroidered logo’s backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children and must be removed to safely use the stroller.
B.O.B. has received six reports of children putting the patch in their mouths. Two incidents involved gagging and choking. In all cases, the backing was removed from the child’s mouth without injury.
The recall involves BOB Strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010.
The strollers are sold at REI, Babies R’ Us, and other children’s products and sporting goods stores nationwide and on Amazon.com. About 411,700 strollers have been recalled in the United States and 27,000 in Canada.
The recall follows a previous recall in February of more than 350,000 units of similar stroller models. The February recall also involved 11 models of single and double BOB stroller, mostly the same models involved in the current recall, identifiable by a yellow-orange drawstring at the rear of the canopy, which is used to gather up loose fabric when the canopy is pulled back. The drawstring poses a strangulation hazard, since it can get wrapped around a child’s neck.
In both cases, the strollers’ manufacturer has some relatively easy fixes for the problem.
If you own one of the recalled strollers, there’s no need to toss it out. Stop using it though, until you correct the problem. There’s a pretty easy fix for each of the recall issues.
To correct the patch and drawstring problems, you can visit the BOB website at http://www.bobnotices.com/recall2 to register your stroller and get instructions. Or, you can call 855-242-2245 or email CS_Embroidery_Backing@bobnotices.com for the info.
There are also videos posted on the website that show you how to correct both recall issues.