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article imagePeg Perego recalls 223,000 baby strollers

By Leigh Goessl     Jul 24, 2012 in Business
Peg Perego USA Inc. has announced the company is recalling 223,000 strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation.
The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to a CPSC announcement, the Fort Wayne, Indiana based company said the strollers affected by this recall involve two older versions of strollers, the Venezia and Pliko-P3. These strollers were manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007; they come in a variety of colors.
The strollers were sold at many retailers, including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby, and were on the market Jan. 2004 through Sept. 2010
In 2008, industry standards changed that address these risks, but older strollers pose a risk to children, especially to those younger than 12 months of age not harnessed in the stroller.
There is one death associated with this recall. In 2004, a 6-month-old baby became trapped between the seat and tray of a Peg Perego stroller. A second near-strangulation occurred in 2006 after a 7-month-old baby girl became trapped in a similar fashion.
Peg Perego said in a blog post that the company only learned of these incidents years later, which is what prompted the delayed recall. The company further described the strollers:
"Consumers can check the child tray on their Pliko P3 or Venezia. Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall. Also, the stroller’s manufacture date can be found on a white label on the back of the Pliko P3 stroller seat and on the Venezia stroller footboard."
Consumers can check their Peg Perego strollers on this web page and see if the model number associated with their strollers is listed.
The company said it is providing consumers a repair kit free of charge, consumers can order a repair kit by visiting this web page, calling 1-888-734-6020 or emailing recallvp2012@pegperego.com.
CPSC warns that many of these strollers may be sold secondhand and consumers should be aware the repair kit is necessary.
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