If you own a B.O.B. jogging stroller, stop using it. Announced a few weeks ago, B.O.B. jogging strollers were recalled by both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada.
439,000 models of single and double strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010 in both countries are being taken off shelves, and parents should stop using them immediately. While no deaths resulted from the stroller, these models all have an embroidered patch, with an Ironman® or Stroller Strides® logo, added to the canopies, and the patch can come loose and turn into a choking hazard. So far, six cases of children putting the patch in their mouths, and two of them involved choking or gagging but no injuries.
The recent recall, however, is not the only time in 2011 B.O.B. strollers were cited for safety hazards. Back in February, 357,000 of these strollers were recalled over the canopy drawstring, which posed a choking hazard at the time.
At the moment, all such B.O.B. strollers are being taken off shelves, and selling them is illegal. Parents, if you’re confused, can find pictures of the recalled parts from February and October on a site by B.O.B.
B.O.B. is cooperating with CPSC in fixing their strollers and identifying the problem. CPSC goes further by requesting that owners check the manufacturing date on the stroller and stop using the model altogether. B.O.B., they go on, will have a kit available for removing the patch.
If you’re a parent with one of the recalled B.O.B. strollers, what do you do? First things first, stop using it until the patch is removed. But, considering the company has already gone through two recalls this year, purchasing another jogging stroller is also an option. If, however, you own a secondary stroller and want to keep your B.O.B. jogger, wait until you can obtain a kit and use the other model in the meantime.