Peg Perego has recalled 223,000 of its Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers, both older models, because of the risk of entrapment and strangulation. Meanwhile, Kolcraft has recalled 5,600 of its Contours Options LT Tandem strollers because of a fall hazard involving the front wheel assembly and a choking hazard involving a screw that can come off.
A 7-month-old in New York, nearly strangled when her head was trapped between the seat and the tray of a Peg Perego stroller in 2006. And in 2004, a 6-month-old in California died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of one of these strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Peg Perego were unaware of these incidents until years after they occurred, said CPSC spokeman Scott Wolfson.
In announcing the recall, the CPSC said that entrapment and strangulation can occur in the Peg Perego strollers if a child, especially an infant under 12 months, is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his or her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.
The recalled Peg Perego strollers were manufactured before the adoption of the 2008 industry standard that addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires that if there is enough room for a child's torso to fit between the bar and the seat there must be enough room for the child's head to fit through, too.
Manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors, the recalled Peg Perego strollers were sold nationwide at retailers including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.
Recalled Venezia stroller model numbers include IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, and IPVC13NA34. The model number is printed on a white label on the Venezia stroller's footboard.
The model numbers for the recalled Pliko-P3 stroller include IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, and IPPO28US71. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3's stroller seat.
If you own one of the recalled Peg Perego strollers you should stop using it and contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit. Don't return the stroller to the retailer where you bought it. They won't be able to provide the repair kit. Call Peg Perego at 888-734-6020, or visit www.PegPeregoUSA.com for more information.
Kolcraft recalled its Contours Options LT Tandem strollers, shown below, because the front wheel assembly can break, posing a fall hazard to the child. In addition, on Contours Options LT Tandem strollers manufactured in January and February 2012, the nuts that hold the stroller's basket support screws in place can detach, posing a choking hazard to young children. Kolcraft has received six reports of front caster wheels breaking and two reports of the basket's support screws and nuts detaching, but no injuries have been reported.
The recalled Contours Options LT Tandem strollers by Kolcraft were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, specialty stores nationwide, and online at Amazon, Target, and other retailers February to July, 2012.
If you own the recalled Kolcraft Contours Options LT Tandem stroller stop using it and contact Kolcraft for free replacement wheels. If you have one of the strollers manufactured between January and February 2012, you will also receive replacement nuts for the basket support screws. For more information, call Kolcraft at 800-453-7673, or visit www.kolcraft.com.