On July 24, 2012, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) announced a recall of several models of strollers due to the death of a 6-month old baby by entrapment and strangulation in 2004. The affected strollers were manufactured in a variety of colours between January 2004 and September 2007.
▲The US CPSC reports that a 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another baby, a 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006.
Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.
Health Canada reports that while the models of Peg Perego strollers recalled in the U.S. were not sold in Canada, similar models were distributed in Canada between January 2004 and December 2007. The Department is currently determining which specific models of strollers are affected in Canada. Should a Canadian recall be necessary, a notice will be posted on Health Canada's Consumer Product Recall Database. ▲However, Health Canada received a report in 2006 of a fatality in a stroller, due to entrapment and strangulation of a child left unattended and unrestrained. Note: Costco Wholesale Canada reports that recalled Peg Perego Venezia strollers were distributed to Canadian customers between December 1, 2007 and September 1, 2008. (See Product tab for specifics on the affected items).
While this safety review is underway Health Canada would like to remind Canadians that children left unattended in strollers are at risk of entrapment, asphyxiation, or falls. Deaths and injuries have occurred in strollers and other juvenile products when children were left sleeping unattended or when stroller restraint systems were not used.
An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation. See Hazard tab for details.
Recommended Action: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers. Health Canada recommends that parents and caregivers should always be mindful of how to help make sure their children are safe when using strollers:
• Always use the stroller's restraint system.
• Do not leave children unattended in strollers.
• Infants and young children should never be placed to sleep in products that are not specifically designed to accommodate an unattended sleeping infant, such as carriages, strollers, car seats, playpens, infant swings and bouncers.
Consumers and health professionals wanting more information about this advisory from Health Canada can contact the Public Enquiries Line at 613-957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.