More than 200,000 Peg Perego strollers made between 2004 and 2007 are being recalled after they were linked to a 2004 death and a near strangulation two years later, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
Strollers involved in this recall were made prior to change in stroller standards intended to stop infants from slipping down and getting caught or strangling in the opening between the tray and seat bottom.
"We believe that even though this was not a violation of the standard at the time of these tragic incidents, consumers still deserve a remedy in the here and now," CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said.
The recalled strollers include the Venezia and Pliko-P3 models made between January 2004 and September 2007. The industry started making strollers with larger openings - to avoid the risk of strangulation and entrapment - in January 2008.
The recall only incudes strollers with a single cup holder, the CPSC said. The Italian-made strollers were sold new for $270-$450 and could still be found second-hand.
If you have one of the strollers, stop using it and contact Peg Perego to receive a free repair kit. For more information or to request a kit, call Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020 anytime or go to their recall page.
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