When it comes to their newborn child’s safety, parents will naturally spend whatever is necessary and reasonable to keep their babies out of harm’s way. Obviously, most parents would still like to stay within their financial means when purchasing something like a baby stroller, and there are plenty of quality brands available at bargains through most major retailers. But sometimes, when money isn’t an issue, parents will purchase the best with no regard to price, and they should rightfully expect perfection in regard to quality. That’s why with retail prices as high as $1,600, the Bugaboo stroller recall should have all parents wondering if the price is ever actually worth it.
Bugaboo International B.V. and Bugaboo Americas, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced this week that they are recalling approximately 46,300 Bugaboo “Cameleon” and Bugaboo “Donkey” strollers in the U.S., as well as another 4,440 in Canada. The reason for this recall is that the seat carry handle on these strollers can unexpectedly detach, which poses both fall and choke hazards to the young children. To date, the CSPC and Bugaboo are aware of 58 reports of the handles detaching. Fortunately, there have been no injuries reported.
The Cameleon and Donkey strollers are sold by most major, high-end retailers, including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, as well as by general retailers like Toys R Us and Buy Buy Baby. The Cameleon strollers were sold between September 2009 and June of last year for approximately $980 (serial numbers 04011090900001 to 04031101009999, 08011090900001 to 08021100800386 and 140100093600531 to 140103123350418), while the Donkey strollers were sold between January 2011 and December of last year for between $1,200 and $1,600 (serial numbers 170101105300001 to 170104130900500).
Consumers are urged to contact Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 immediately to order a free replacement handle. The CSPC stated that strollers can continue to be used while parents are awaiting the new handles; however, parents should clearly use strict discretion.