Federal consumer safety officials have announced the recall of two Peg Perego baby strollers because they pose a serious risk of strangulation to children. These defective baby strollers have been implicated in at least one child death and another incident of near-strangulation.
According to a statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Peg Perego USA Inc., children not harnessed in two older model Peg Perego strollers could become entrapped in them. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom. Children may not pass completely through this opening and their heads can become trapped by tray on the affected strollers.
Any child that becomes entrapped between the seat and tray faces a serious risk of strangulation and at least one child has died while trapped in the affected strollers. The risk is greatest among infants and children less than a year old. The agency reports that a 6-month-old boy from Tarzana, Calif., died of strangulation when his head became trapped in a Peg Perego stroller back in 2004. A 7-month-old girl from New York nearly strangled in a similar incident two years later.
The recall is specific to two older models of Peg Perego strollers, the Venezia and Pliko-P3. Both were manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007 and were sold in a variety of colors. These strollers were manufactured prior to a 2008 federal voluntary industry standard which regulates the size of the opening between a tray and seat on an infant or baby stroller. The standard was designed to prevent injuries such as these.
This consumer action only includes strollers sold with a tray and single cup holder. Other models of Peg Perego strollers were sold with a bumper bar front and dual cup holder and are not included in the recall. The following Model numbers are included in the recall:
Pliko-P3 strollers: IPFR28US34xxxxxxxx, IPFT28NA63, IPFT28NA64, IPP328MU10, IPP328MU09, IPP328US09, IPP328US10, IPP329US10, IPPA28US32, IPPA28US33, IPPA28US34, IPPD28NA34, IPPF28NA32, IPPF28NA57, IPPF28NA65, IPPF28NA66, IPPF28NA67, IPPF28NA68, IPPO28US32, IPPO28US34, IPPO28US62, IPPO28US69, IPPO28US70, and IPPO28US71;
Venezia strollers: IPVA13MU09, IPVA13MU10, IPVA13US09, IPVA13US10, IPVA13US32, IPVA13US34, IPVC13NA32, and IPVC13NA34.
The Model names are printed on the sides of the strollers. They were sold at retail locations nationwide from January 2004 until September 2010 for between $270 and $330 (on the Pliko-P3) and for between $350 and $450 (Venezia). They were sold at stores like Babies R Us and Buy Baby Buy.
Due to the high ticket price and the fact that many items like baby strollers are sold second-hand or are passed through family members and friends to help a new family save on costs, it is very possible these strollers were purchased at a second-hand baby and infant store or given to a person by a friend or family member.
Consumers are urged to stop using these strollers immediately to avoid a serious injury risk posed by them. They can contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit.