As a Georgia products liability lawyer and father of three I’m always interested in safety recalls with child safety implications. Hundreds of thousands of the popular B.O.B. jogging strollers are being recalled because of a choking concern. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made the announcement this week of the voluntary recall by the manufacturer, B.O.B. Trailers Inc. The recall involves all B.O.B. Strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010. Strollers manufactured after October 2006 have a white label attached to the back of the strollers with the manufacturing date printed on, and strollers with no manufacturing date listed were produced before October 2006 and are also part of the recall.This is not the first recall of the year for B.O.B. as 357,000 of its strollers were recalled in February due to a drawstring on the stroller that posed a strangulation hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall is due to the fact that the logo embroidered on the back of the stroller’s canopy backing patch can detach, which poses a significant choking hazard to baby’s and young children. The C.P.S.C. has received six reports of children mouthing the logo, with two of those incidents resulting in choking. In each of the reported incidents, the children were seated in a car seat attached to the stroller.
Over 400,000 of these strollers were sold in the United States between November 1998 and October 2011. REI, Babies R’Us and Amazon.com are among the retailers who sold the product. The strollers were sold in single seat and double-seat models and are embroidered with the BOB, Ironman, or Stroller Strides brand name on the canopy.
If you are the owner of one of these strollers the C.P.S.C. advises that you immediately contact B.O.B. Trailers for instructions for removing the canopy logo, and stop using the recalled strollers until the backing patch is removed from the interior of the canopy.For additional information, contact B.O.B. Trailers toll-free at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the B.O.B. company website.