Heidi Klum’s Stroller Is Judged As a “Don’t Buy” Thanks To Consumer Reports

Thinking about purchasing Heidi Klum’s Truly Scrumptious Travel System? Think again. Consumer Reports has judged the stroller as a “Don’t Buy” as the safety harness failed to stay securely latched during tests. Of the more than 100 strollers in Consumer Reports’ Ratings, the Truly Scrumptious Travel System is the only one with this problem.

pTRU1-13690623dtConsumer Reports have found that falls are the biggest problem with stroller safety and according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 75 percent of the estimated 46,200 stroller-related emergency-room visits between January 2008 and December 2011 happened because children tumbled out of their stroller. A stroller’s harness is supposed to prevent falls by staying securely latched when in use, but on the Truly Scrumptious Travel System TR252BQR by Heidi Klum, $220, one side of the buckle released intermittently on three samples in Consumer Reports’ latest stroller tests.

The Truly Scrumptious Travel System’s car seat and its restraint system performed well during the car seat tests, however the stroller – model #TR252BQR  – failed when the Consumer Report testers applied force where the harness attaches to the buckle itself, the buckle’s right side released 10 out of 15 times on three separate samples—three times during five tests with one sample, in two of five tests with a second sample, and in all five tests with a third sample.

The buckle also released in Consumer Reports’ impact test. Patterned after the voluntary standard, this test simulates a stroller hitting a curb and is designed to evaluate the stroller’s frame and its folding, locking, and latching mechanisms—not its restraint system. This time, the buckle’s right side released one out of five times on each of two samples, and five out of five times on a third sample.

Consumer Reports doesn’t know of any injuries associated with the Truly Scrumptious Travel System. But the organization believes it poses a safety concern and has designated the Truly Scrumptious Travel System TR252BQR by Heidi Klum a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk as a result of its tests.

pTRU1-13690623_alternate1_enh-z6Dorel Juvenile Group disagrees with the reports and has received no complaints or reports.

Bottom line – buy at your own risk.