Earlier this month the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, acting in cooperation with the manufacturer, announced the voluntary recall of certain B.O.B. single and double-seat jogging strollers. This recall will affect approximately 411,700 units sold in the United States and another 27,000 in Canada.
According to this recall, the “stroller canopy’s embroidered logo’s backing patch can detach, posing a choking hazard to babies and young children.” The CPSC release explains this is the second recall for this product manufactured by B.O.B. Trailers Inc., after a February 2011 recall of 357,000 units “due to strangulation hazard posed by canopy drawstring.”
The drawstring related recall was initiated after it was discovered that the drawstring on the stroller could potentially get wrapped around the neck of a child, a possible strangulation hazard. That recall involved 11 models of this manufacturer’s strollers and affected about 337,000 units within the United States and 20,000 in Canada, the recall announcement explains.
This most recent recall of the company’s products involves “all B.O.B. strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010,” the release explains. The recall notice from the CPSC explains that “Strollers with no manufacturing date listed were produced prior to October 2006 and are included in this recall.” The report also explains that those “manufactured after October 2006 have a white label affixed to the back of the stroller’s leg with the manufacturing date.”
Models affected by this recall include both single and double-seat models. “The BOB®, Ironman® or Stroller Strides® brand name is embroidered on the canopy of the strollers,” the CPSC reports. According to the release, these models were sold at “REI, Babies R’ Us and other children’s product and sporting goods stores nationwide and Amazon.com between November 1998 and October 2011 for between $280 and $600.”
A separate recall notice listed on the manufacturer’s website instructs owners of these strollers to immediately discontinue their use until the required repairs have been made. The manufacturer provides instructions on how to remove the dangerous backing material on their website.
The company website also notes that many of these strollers, specifically those manufactured between April 2002 and March 2010, also have the potentially hazardous drawstring which could pose a strangulation risk. Again, parents with the affected models are instructed to immediately discontinue their use until the appropriate repairs have been made. Instructions on making the necessary repairs to strollers with the potentially dangerous drawstring are also available on the manufacturer’s website.
If you or a loved one has suffered a choking or strangulation injury as a result of using one of the affected B.O.B. jogging stroller models, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with recalled products. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
B.O.B. Product Recalls
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. (October 11, 2011) “Jogging Strollers Recalled by B.O.B. Trailers Due to Choking Hazard.” Retrieved on October 27, 2011 from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.