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.