Indiana stroller manufacturer Peg Perego announced a massive recall of nearly a quarter-million strollers made between January 2004 and September 2007, citing risks of entrapment and strangulation. Peg Perego is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in recalling the strollers, which were made before voluntary industry standards were adopted in January 2008 that regulate the space between a stroller tray and seat bottom. According to the CPSC, the recall is a result of a crackdown on getting older, more dangerous strollers off the market.
In 2004, a 6-month-old California boy died of strangulation after his head was trapped in his Peg Perego stroller. In 2006, a 7-month-old New York girl was almost strangled when her head was trapped in her stroller.
The recall is for older models of Peg Perego's Venezia and Pliko-P3 sold at stores including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010. Newer models leave more space between the seat and tray openings so children's heads shouldn't get trapped. Only strollers with a tray and one cup holder are part of the recall, according to the CPSC. Those with a bumper bar in front with two cup holders aren't included in the recall.
The CPSC advises discontinuing use of the strollers, calling Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 or going online to www.PegPeregoUSA.com for recall instructions. Consumers should also be aware that the dangerous strollers may show up at secondhand stores and yard sales and shouldn't be bought until the repair kit is installed.