NEW YORK (MainStreet) – The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a massive recall Tuesday of more than 400,000 jogging strollers that were found to present a choking hazard. The recall involves strollers manufactured by B.O.B., an Idaho-based company, between November 1998 and November 2010.
When it comes to children’s products, it doesn’t take much to prompt a recall. In this case, it was a patch with the company’s name on the top of the stroller’s canopy. The backing of the patch hangs over the child rider, and in some cases can become detached, presenting a choking hazard. In six reported cases, a child was found with the patch backing in his or her mouth, and in two of those cases the child had started to choke and gag. Fortunately, there were no actual injuries or fatalities associated with the incidents.
The strollers have been sold in the U.S. and Canada at REI, Babies R Us and Amazon.com, among other retailers. Parents are advised to stop using them immediately and go to the company’s website, where they can fill in their information to get instructions on removing the backing.
This isn’t the first time B.O.B. strollers have been recalled. The CPSC announced another recall of more than 350,000 strollers in February after a drawstring on some models became wrapped around a child’s neck. As this latest recall encompasses all B.O.B. strollers, this would be a good time to check whether yours also includes the drawstring; if it does, visit here for instructions on removing it.
To be fair to B.O.B., the company is not the only kids’ product maker that has recently recalled hazardous strollers. Earlier this year, the CPSC re-announced a two-year-old recall of Maclaren strollers, which had originally been recalled due to multiple fingertip lacerations and amputations. After dozens of children continued to have their fingers cut by the strollers, the CPSC realized that many parents had not received the original memo. Hopefully in this case, parents with B.O.B. will listen the first time.