Peg Perego recalls 223,000 strollers amid safety concerns

July 25, 2012

ABC World News (7/24, story 9, 0:30, Sawyer) reported, “A consumer alert now about a huge recall of baby strollers. Tonight more than 200,000 strollers manufactured by Peg Perego are being recalled. There’s a risk the child’s head will become trapped between the seat and the tray, which could strangle the child. One death has already been reported. Two models, both older, manufactured between 2004 and 2007, are being recalled.”

The Wall Street Journal (7/25, Jones, Subscription Publication) reports that Peg Perego USA Inc. is now recalling about 223,000 strollers because of concerns over safety risks. The safety concerns are especially related to the death of a six-month-old baby from strangulation eight years ago in Tarzana, California. The Journal notes that the US Consumer Product Safety Commission found that the baby was strangled when his head became trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller.

CNN (7/25, Sperry) reports on its website that in a separate incident in 2006, “a 7-month-old New York girl nearly died from similar circumstances.” The story quotes the CPSC as saying of the Peg Perego stroller, “Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.” The Digital Journal (7/25, Goessl) and the Minneapolis Star Tribune (7/25, Stoxen) “Health Check” blog offer similar coverage.