The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recently announced a recall of two different brands of jogging strollers. The Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers and the Tike Tech Single City X3 Sport Jogging Strollers were recalled due to potential strangulation concerns.
The grab bar on both strollers poses a strangulation hazard if the infant is not properly secured in the safety harness. The hole between the grab bar and the seat bottom of the stroller is wide enough for an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar.
According to the CPSC, in a recent 1-year period, 14,400 children under the age of 5 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with strollers. The majority of those incidents resulted from the infant falling, and 90% of the injuries were to the baby’s head. Two children die each year from stroller-related incidents. Many of these deaths occur when the children are left unattended in their strollers in the recline position. Babies slip feet first through the leg openings and become entrapped by the seat and restraint bar.
Jog Stroller Safety Tips
To avoid this happening to your child, never leave a child unattended in a stroller, especially if the stroller is in the recline, or flat position. The CPSC warns that even infants only a few weeks old can move when asleep and become entangled. Unfortunately the youngest victim to become entrapped was only seven weeks old.
Each jog stroller has their own age recommendations. BOB (aka Bob Revolution) recommends that children should be at least 8 weeks old before riding in a BOB stroller. Of course, if babies are not able to hold their head up they must have additional head and neck support to ride safely. BOB recommends that babies be at least 8 months old before jogging with baby in the stroller.
What To Do If Your Stroller Is Affected
Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar and contact Tike Tech at (800) 296-4602 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free replacement grab bar. Alternatively, consumers can email Tike Tech at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit firm’s website at www.tiketech.com.
Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar and contact Valco Baby at (800) 610-7850 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET. Alternatively, consumers can email Valco Baby at www.valcobaby.com or email email@example.com.
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