WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Valco Baby, today announced a voluntary recall of about 12,000 Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Valco Baby Tri Mode Single and Twin Jogging Strollers
Units: About 12,000
Importer: Unique Baby Products USA LLC, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Manufacturer: Valco Baby, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hazard: 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. To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSC’s safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: 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.
Sold at: Juvenile product stores and websites including www.amazon.com between November 2007 and March 2010 for between $480 to $700.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the grab bar from the stroller and contact Valco Baby to receive a free replacement grab bar.
Valco Baby’s website where TriMode owners can request a free replacement bumper bar: Valco Baby Tri Mode Bumper Replacement
Tri Mode owners concerned by the possible risk have two immediate and simple steps to take to provide a short-term solution: 1. Remove the front bar and 2. 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 the link above.