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50,000 Dangerous Bugaboo Strollers Recalled for Fall and Choking Hazards

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Bugaboo International and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are recalling 46,300 Bugaboo “Cameleon” and Bugaboo “Donkey” Model Strollers in the U.S. and 4,440 in Canada. The stroller manufacturer is Bugaboo International B.V., of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, but the products were manufactured in China, and imported to the U.S. by Bugaboo Americas, of El Segundo, California.

You may recall that in December 2011, Bugaboo recalled 7,260 Bugaboo Bee Strollers for a fall hazard, because the swivel wheels could and did lock and the stroller tipped over—and a baby and toddler suffered minor injuries. At the time of the earlier recall, Bugaboo received four reports of incidents.

The strollers’ falling hazard in this recall is caused by a button on the stroller’s carrying handle which can become disengaged and cause the handle to detach from the stroller. This, in turn, poses a fall and choking hazard to young children. Bugaboo has received 58 reports of the handles detaching, but no injuries have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall involves the Bugaboo Cameleon and Bugaboo Donkey model strollers with detachable carry-cots/seats. The strollers have a base, sun canopy and other accessories and were sold in various colors. A tag on the side of the sun canopy bears the word, “Bugaboo” and the model name, Cameleon or Donkey. Serial numbers of the strollers recalled are printed on the stroller’s chassis and range as follows:

Bugaboo Cameleon Model Stroller

Serial No. 0401109090001 to 04031101009999

Serial No. 0801109090001 to 08021100800386

Serial No. 140100093600531 to 140103123350418

Bugaboo Donkey Model Stroller

Serial No. 170101105300001 to 170104130900500

These recalled strollers were not inexpensive. They were sold at baby product stores throughout the country, including Buy Buy Baby, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Toys R’ Us, and online by Bugaboo.com and other online stores. The Bugaboo Cameleon model strollers were sold from September 2009 until June 2012 for approximately $980, and the Bugaboo Donkey model strollers were sold from January 2011 through December 2012 for from $1,200 to $1,600.

The CPSC has advised consumers to stop using the Bugaboo strollers, to remove the carrying handle from them and to contact Bugaboo for a replacement handle. Consumers can contact Bugaboo at 1(800)460-2922 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.bugaboo.com and click on “Important Quality Initiative” to obtain additional information on the recall. Consumers may also email the company at serviceus@bugaboo.com To view photos of the stroller, visit the CPSC website at: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13092.html

Because this is a potential safety-related defect, stop using the stroller contact Bugaboo as soon as possible.