As much as people don’t like to admit it, recalls are part and parcel of the modern life. Even with all kind of safety rules and regulations imaginable, there are always going to be defects or issues that crop up in items that range from dog food to smartphones to baby strollers.
For example, Fatherly points out that in 2018, it was discovered that at least five different companies had produced stroller models that held some super serious design flaws that could potentially lead to a costly doctor’s visit or a surprise appearance at their pediatrician’s office in the past 13 months, which isn’t good news at all.
Part of being a parent means keeping up-to-date on the latest recalls on baby and children’s items, although it can often be a chore because it often feels like that every few months, there’s another news report that things like baby bottles, strollers, car seats or toys have to be recalled because the company in question seriously goofed up when designing the product.
In order to make life easier for parents everywhere, the following is a round up of all the stroller recalls that have taken place in the past 20 years.
According to Fatherly, there were four reports of Delta’s J-Is For Jeep jogging stroller’s leg bracket breaking, which lead to one child having a few owies in the process from August 2015 until August 2016. Not fun.
That’s why Delta decided to recall at least 28,000 of the 11998 and the 11988 models during that period time and urged parents that had the misfortune to purchase one of the two models to contact them ASAP either by calling them on the phone or by sending an email to their customer service so that the company could send them all of the necessary repair information.
The Baby Swag writes that in May 2018, Jane Muum made the decision to recall a few of their models that had been sold in the U.S. due to the fact that it was discovered that the items in question were not up to the current safety codes as laid down in the Federal Stroller and Carriage Safety Standard and they weren’t sturdy enough to carry a child without them potentially getting dinged up.
The recalled strollers were the S85 model in dark grey and black, S49 in light grey and black, S46 in blue and black and finally, the S47model that came in the colors green and black.
Fatherly notes that in May 2017 the Combi Shuttle Travel System which consisted of a car seat and stroller combination recalled almost 1,000 items because they proved to be not-so-safe for children and their parents to use.
If parents wanted to use the stroller and the car seat separately, then there was no potential safety hazard but it wasn’t a good idea to use the two in combination as they were originally designed to do because the seat could possibly fall out of the stroller. The two model numbers that were affected by the 2017 recall were the 6100027 or 6100100 ones in titanium or red chili.
According to The Baby Swag, UppaBaby was forced to recall their 2015 models of the Cruz strollers, the Vista strollers and the RumbleSeats due to the fact that it was discovered that a child could potentially take a huge bite out of the foam bumper bar and remove the foam covering with his or her teeth.
As any parent knows, foam coverings plus mischievous babies or toddlers is just no good, so UppaBaby should be applauded for taking swift action and making sure that they recalled the unsturdy products before any little one decided to use the bumper bar as a makeshift teething device.
Fatherly writes that Britax and BOB made the decision to launch a recall for up to 700,000 for their B-Agile and BOB motion strollers after there were 26 recorded incidents of a child getting more than a few boo-boos.
It was discovered that the car seat could fall out of the stroller’s frame, so the two shouldn’t be used together until after the parents called the company or dropped them a line via email and requested a repair kit so that they could fix the problem themselves in the comfort of their own home rather than sending a huge item in to be fixed.
The Baby Swag points out that the company iCandy had to alert consumers to the fact that their licorice and fudge-colored strollers that were sold both in stores and online from October 2009 until December 2012 weren’t safe for children to use, although there were no reported injuries from parents.
Apparently, the company discovered that these models weren’t safe for children due to the fact that there was a chance that a child’s body could pass between the bumper bar and the seat at the bottom of the stroller, which could lead to a not-so-good situation that would give unsuspecting parents a ton of grey hair.
Fatherly writes that 29,400 of the Aria Child GB Qbit lightweight stroller were discovered to be so not safe for consumer use in the time frame that ranged from May 2015 to November 2016. The company discovered that the folding side’s hinge could wind up causing boo-boos on someone’s hand.
To add insult to injury, the company also found out that this particular model of their stroller could wind up folding up unexpectedly when least expected... That is way too much for a parent and their child to handle, so Aria Child urged consumers to contact them ASAP so they could send them the Qbit LTE model instead.
According to The Baby Swag, Bugaboo found out that their Camaleon3 model of their strollers weren’t built properly because they received reports that the stroller’s carrying handle could break off and detach completely from the item.
Can we say yikes?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission adds that Bugaboo felt that this defect in the stroller could lead to what could really be a very bad situation for the user, and so they recalled 9,200 items back in March 2013 and urged concerned parents to give them a call so that they could send them the necessary repair kit in the mail.
Parents notes that there were at least two reported incidents with the older version of the Peg Perego strollers. One involved a six-month-old boy from Tarzana, California, and the other incident revolved around a seven-month-old girl living in New York, New York.
The company recalled 223,000 of these particular models that were created from January 2004 and September 2007 because there was too great of a risk for a little one to get stuck in between the seat bottom of the stroller and the tray, especially in the wake of the two aforementioned incidents that took place in both California and New York.
Parents adds that the company Bugaboo also had a bit of trouble with their Bee stroller models, which were manufactured between August 2007 and April 2009.
Unlike the issues that cropped up with their other model that was mentioned higher up in this list, the Bugaboo Bee model was found to have an issue with one or both of the brakes on the stroller. If parents used this item on an incline and attempted to activate the breaks, it wouldn’t stop but would instead roll away. In order to fix this problem, parents had to either fill out a special form on the website or call customer service in order to receive a repair kit from the company.
According to Parenting, Tike Tech Ltd., ordered a voluntary recall of 800 of their strollers after the company found out that the opening between the grab bar and the seat bottom could capture a toddler or an infant if they passed through that space and could create a very stressful situation for both the child in question and their parents.
The models in question were the Tike Tech City X3 and X3 Sport, which were manufactured and sold from a period of time that ranged from October 2009 and February 2010. Consumers had to contact the company ASAP so that they could receive their free replacement grab bar.
Parents notes that the October 2010 recall of the Graco MetroLite strollers came about after the company received four reports from 2003 to 2005 of infants getting caught between the stroller tray and the bottom of the seat. In at least one instance, a child got a few boo-boos on their body after they got stuck.
Another reason why Graco decided to recall their MetroLite model is due to the fact that they were manufactured before the stroller industry decided in January 2008 to have a voluntary standard that says these kinds of items need to have larger openings on the stroller to prevent kids from potentially getting stuck.
According to Parenting, Phil&Ted made the decision to voluntarily order a recall after the company found out that some of their stroller models’ hinge mechanism that allowed it to fold and be unfolded wasn’t working as intended and could lead to fingers getting caught in the contraption.
There were three reported injuries—one of which included an adult—and a whole slew of jogging strollers were found to be defective; this included the Sport V2 and the Classic V1 models that were sold from May 2008 and July 2010. Consumers had to reach out to Phil&Ted if they wanted to get a free hinge-cover repair kit that would fix the issue.
Momtastic notes that in March 2011, there was a very real concern about the Baby Jogger Jump Seats after the company saw that the product was defective and that it could potentially cause quite a few boo-boos for unsuspecting children sitting in it.
Apparently, The Baby Swag adds that the locking mechanism on the Baby Jogger City Elite, Baby Jogger City Classic and Baby Jogger Summit models didn’t work properly and didn’t stay in place the way it should have, so parents had to reach out to the company in order to be sent Jogger Seat safety straps for their affected strollers.
According to ABC News, the U.K.-based Maclaren company made the decision to voluntarily recall 1 million of their strollers that had been manufactured from 1999 and 2009.
The company received reports that the hinge on the affected models could cause a child’s fingers to get stuck and cause tons of issues for the child and their parents as well as plenty of lawsuits for Maclaren—which they really didn’t want to deal with. The models in question were the Volo, Triumph, Quest, Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Triumph and the Easy Traveller; the company set up a special phone line so parents could order replacement parts.
Parenting writes that from December 2004 to September 2005, Sycamore Kids sold the defective Mountain Buggy models that had a flimsy handlebar that could either crack easily or break off entirely, which means that there was a darn good chance that it could detach when there was a child using said stroller. Not good.
Sycamore Kids urged affected consumers to call them so that they could give them the necessary contact information for the authorized repair centers that had the free replacement handlebar ratchet and ordered 4,000 of their strollers to be recalled lest it wind up causing some serious issues for an unsuspecting family.
The Baby Swag points out that Britax B-Nimble strolls were recalled after the company received about seven reports that there was a huge issue with the item’s breaks. Apparently if a mother or father tried to press the brake pedal, the stroller’s brakes would give a click that would give the impression that they were in use when in reality they weren’t.
New Parents adds that the recall primarily affected the U311771, U311773, U311775 and U311780 models, which were primarily manufactured on or around August 1, 2010 and the company offered to give families that had purchased the affected strollers a freebie as compensation.
Parents notes that on February 3, 2012 Bumbleride Inc. announced that there was a recall of 28,000 Indie and Indie Twin strollers and the affected models were the IT-108, IT-111, and IT-305 models that were built and sold from January 2009 and August 2011.
The front wheel of the affected strollers was pretty fragile and that meant that it could easily break apart at the axle hub, which could possibly lead to the item tipping and falling over. They knew this was a huge no-no for parents and announced that any family that had one of the defective strollers could contact them to receive a free front wheel retrofit kit.
The Baby Swag writes that millions of the Mamas and Papas Armadillo stroller models (including the Armadillo Flip and the Armadillo Flip XT) that were sold from August 2014 until April 2016 had to be recalled because it was deemed too hazardous for children and their parents to safely use at all.
CNN adds that the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 10 reports of the seats tipping back with no warning to either parents or the child occupying the stroller. Thankfully, no child had to be taken to see their pediatrician because they received a few boo-boos from the defective stroller.
The Baby Swag writes that Kolcraft received up to five reports of someone having to be rushed to the doctor as soon as possible due to the fact that their fingers got stuck in the hinge mechanism that adjust the stroller’s handlebars and couldn’t be removed quick enough to prevent something from happening, which is what prompted their official recall on June 14, 2012.
The affected models included three and four wheeled strollers with the model numbers ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. The Consumer Product Safety Commission adds that Kolcraft had to recall at least 36,000 of these defective strollers to make sure that no one else had to run to the doctor for help.