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Bugaboo Recalls 50,000 Strollers due to Choke, Fall Hazard

Jan 18, 2013

A recall has been issued on more than 50,000 Bugaboo strollers because they pose serious injury risks to children.

According to an Associated Press report this week, the recall from Bugaboo International includes its Cameleon and Donkey model strollers. They were sold throughout the U.S. and Canada from September 2009 until December 2012. These premium baby strollers sold for between $900 and $1,600.

More than 43,000 of the 50,000 recalled were sold in the U.S., and the rest were sold in Canada. The Cameleon stroller was sold from September 2009 until June 2012 and costs about $900. The Donkey model was available from January 2011 until the end of 2012 and sold for between $1,200 and $1,600.

The recall is necessary because “a button on the stroller's carrycot/seat carry handle can become disengaged and cause the handle to detach. That could mean a young passenger could fall or choke,” according to the report.

Bugaboo has received 58 reports of the handles detaching from the strollers but no injuries resulted from those incidents.

The strollers were sold at Buy Buy Baby, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Toys R Us, and other stores where high-end strollers are sold. Bugaboo also sold these strollers directly from its Web site. The strollers were sold with a base, sun canopy and other accessories in various colors. A fabric tag on the side of the sun canopy has Bugaboo and the model name, according to the AP report.

Parents and caretakers should immediately remove the carry handle on these Bugaboo strollers and contact the company for a free replacement.

Products intended for babies and juveniles are often among the most re-sold products available to consumers. Considering the high price tag of these strollers and the unlikelihood that one family may use it more than once means that it is possible they sold or gave it to friends or family for them to use with their growing families.

People who may have purchased these strollers at second-hand stores or through private parties on the Web or received it from a family member should ensure they do not have one of the strollers included in this action.

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