The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Valco Baby, today announced a voluntary recall of 12,000 Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers because the opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck by the grab bar, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed. When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged always to secure children by using the safety harness and never to leave them unattended.
This recall involves the grab bar on Tri Mode Single and Twin strollers. “Valco Baby” is printed on the head rest and the padding on the footboard. The grab bar is optional and can be removed from the stroller. The stroller’s model numbers are located on a white sticker on the left hand side of brake bar. The recalled strollers with the affected grab bars are listed in the chart below.
This afternoon Valco Baby told us that they have not received any reports of injuries related to the front handle bar and they want to assure their customers that the problem is strictly related to the front bar and not to the design of the stroller.
Tri Mode owners concerned by the possible risk have two immediate and simple steps to take to provide a short-term solution:
- Remove the front bar and
- Use the Tri Mode’s five-point safety harness. Valco Baby’s five-point safety harness is designed to make it easy for parents and nearly impossible for young children to unfasten.
The long-term solution is to receive a free replacement grab bar from Valco Baby. Replacement bars can be requested online at ValcoBaby.com
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