Jogging Strollers Recalled By Valco Baby Due to Strangulation Hazard
Valco Baby in cooperation with The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall yesterday of 12,000 Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers, advising consumers to stop using all recalled products immediately. This issue is a follow up to one that was raised by Consumer Reports in April and immediately addressed by Valco Baby in the spring.
Although no incidents or injuries have been reported, the recall is due to the opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller that allows an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed. When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always to secure children by using the safety harness and never leave them unattended.
This recall involves the grab bar on Tri Mode Single and Twin strollers. “Valco Baby” is printed on the head rest and the padding on the footboard. The grab bar is optional and can be removed from the stroller. The stroller’s model numbers are located on a white sticker on the left hand side of brake bar. The recalled strollers with the affected grab bars are listed below:
RUN6140 RUN6141 RUN6142
RUN6143 RUN6144 RUN6145
RUN6146 RUN6147 RUN7710
RUN7711 TRI8800 TRI8801
TRI8802 TRI8803 TRI8890
TRI9103 TRI9104 TRI9105
TRI9106 TRI1033 TRI1034
Strollers were sold at: Juvenile product stores and websites including www.amazon.com between November 2007 and March 2010 for between $480 to $700.
Valco Baby is advising Tri Mode owners to request a free replacement bumper bar, which they can do online here or by contact the company toll-free at 800-610-7850.
Source and Imaging from USCPSC