The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Peg Perego USA Inc., of Fort Wayne, Ind., is announcing a voluntary recall of about 223,000 Pliko P3 & Venezia strollers due to a risk of entrapment and strangulation.
A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.
The CPSC has found that 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 recall involves two different older versions of the Peg Perego strollers, Venezia and Pliko-P3, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, in a variety of colors. They were manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom. The voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.
Only strollers that have a child tray with one cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two cup holders are not included in this recall.
The following Venezia and Pliko-P3 stroller model numbers that begin with the following numbers are included in this recall. The model number is printed on a white label on the back of the Pliko P-3′s stroller seat and on the Venezia stroller’s footboard.
Because the strollers were sold between January 2004 through September 2010 the CPSC and Peg Perego warn parents that these strollers may be available on the secondhand market, in thrift stores or at yard sales. Parents should not buy or sell these recalled strollers until the repair kit is installed.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.PegPeregoUSA.com for a free repair kit. Do not return the stroller to the retailers as they will not be able to provide the repair kit.
Worth noting that this exact stroller was sold in Canada but Health Canada has not issued a recall possibly because there have not been any reports of entrapment here. If you have this stroller and are concerned call Peg Perego’s customer service and let them know that you would like the kit as well and I am sure they will issue you one.