Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada, in cooperation with Britax Child Safety Inc., of Charlotte, North Carolina, announced a voluntary recall of 20,000 Britax B-Nimble baby strollers in the U.S. and approximately 800 in Canada, due to the possibility of brake failure. A ‘clicking sound’ when the brake is depressed might “give a false impression that the brake is fully engaged when it is not.” There have been seven reports of the brakes failing, but so far no injuries were reported.
The Britax B-Nimble Umbrella Strollers were manufactured in China, imported and sold in the U.S. and Canada from September 2010 to the present for approximately $200. The B-Nimble Umbrella Strollers with the following Model Numbers are recalled: U311771, U311773, U311775 and U311780. They have a manufacturing date of between August 2010 and February 2011. The CPSC has advised consumers to stop using the B-Nimble umbrella strollers and to contact Britax toll-free at (888) 427-4829 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.britaxusa.com to request an improved replacement stroller.
To view a photo of the Britax B-Nimble Umbrella stroller, go to the CPSC website: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml11/11256.html
Beyond the Britax Stroller recall, importer phil&teds USA, Inc. in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, has also announced the recall of approximately 8,500 Explorer and Hammerhead baby strollers in the U.S. and Canada, due to another brake failure problem. These recalled strollers have metal frames and the brake mechanism on the strollers can fail, posing an injury hazard to a child. Eight incidents of brake failure (without injury) have been reported. The strollers have been sold as single strollers or with a “doubles kit” to make them double strollers. The Explorer is a three-wheeled stroller and the Hammerhead has four wheels.
These strollers were sold online from philandteds.com, pishposhbaby.com, and albeebaby.com, and could be purchased from Babies R Us and from juvenile retail stores in the United States and Canada for from $475 to $500 from August 2010 through June 2011. These strollers were also manufactured in China.
Explorer and Hammerhead stroller consumers should stop using the products immediately and contact phil&teds to arrange to receive an upgraded brake assembly. Explorer owners will receive a new frame fitted with an upgraded brake assembly. Hammerhead owners will receive a pre-paid shipping container in order to return the affected stroller. Consumers can contact the company toll-free at (855) 652-9019 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support Again, to view photos of the recalled strollers, visit the CPSC website at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11288.html
At some point, the U.S. needs to better regulate the quality of the products we import from China and sell for use by children—anywhere—so that they are safer!