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More Jogging Strollers Recalled, But This Time, For a Choking Hazard

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We have to face it, babies will put anything in their mouths. Anyone who has ever been around babies knows this. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling B.O.B.® Jogging Strollers… 411,700 of them, in fact, in the U.S. and 27,000 in Canada… due to a choking hazard.

The CPSC and the B.O.B. Trailers Inc. of Boise, Idaho, have received six reports of children mouthing a detached patch from the stroller; gagging and choking occurred in two of the incidents reported. Apparently, the stroller canopy’s embroidered logo’s backing patch can detach and pose a choking hazard to babies and young children. It also should be noted that in each incident, the children were in infant car seats attached to the stroller.

These single and double jogging strollers were manufactured in Tawan and China and imported by B.O.B. Trailers, Inc., of Boise, Idaho. They were sold at REI, Babies R’ Us and children’s product and sporting goods stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. They were also sold on Amazon.com between November 1998 and October 2011 for from $280 to $600.

This recall includes all strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010 with the BOB®, Ironman® or Stroller Strides® brand name embroidered on the canopy of the strollers. According to the CPSC Announcement, “Strollers manufactured after October 2006 have a white label affixed to the back of the stroller’s leg with the manufacturing date. Strollers with no manufacturing date listed were produced prior to October 2006 and are included in this recall.”

Consumers should stop using these strollers until they remove the embroidery backing patch from the interior of the canopy’s logo. Consumers can contact B.O.B. Trailers toll-free at (855) 242-2245 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.bobnotices.com for instructions on properly removing the backing.

To view photos of the strollers and embroidered patches that may become detached, please visit the CPSC website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12006.html