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In a large alert for active parents across the country, 411,700 single and double style jogging strollers were recalled for potential choking and strangulation hazards by the company B.O.B. Trailers Inc. from Boise, ID. In Canada, 27,000 products were also called back for the same reason.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release, the hazard exists when an embroidery patch of the company logo detaches from the canopy, which may present a choking danger for a child. The company has reported six accounts of the loose patch becoming lodged in a child’s mouth, while choking and gagging incidents were alleged in two of the accidents. In these reports, the kids were sitting in an infant chair affixed to the defective stroller. And in both cases involving trauma, the patch piece was removed from the affected child’s mouth with no reported injuries, B.O.B. told the CPSC. The strollers were sold at Babies ‘R’ Us, REI, and other retailers across the nation, including major online stores like Amazon.com, from November 1998 to October 2011. They were made in China and Taiwan.

The recall, made in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, adds to a previous one for 357,000 products back in February of 2011. The previous recall was in response to a defect involving the canopy, but with regards to a strangulation danger due to a loose drawstring.

Approximately 1.5 million Graco strollers, including specific model numbers of Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems, have been recalled due to a significant fingertip amputation and laceration hazard. According to a fox43.com report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the stroller recall on January 20, 2010 due to the risk posed to children when the canopy of the designated strollers are opened or closed. Consumers are advised to stop using the strollers and contact Exton, PA-based Graco Children’s Products Inc. for a free repair kit.

The strollers were recalled after Graco received reports of five children having their fingertips severed, leaving them disfigured, and two children receiving cuts on their fingertips. Apparently the risk of these injuries is presented when a child places their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge as the canopy is being opened or closed. The strollers were sold nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009 at multiple stores including Target, Wall-Mart, Babies R Us, Sears, Toys R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, and many others.
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