The latest baby product recall involves B.O.B. jogging strollers. Announced this week, 439,000 B.O.B. jogging strollers in the United States and Canada were recalled over a patch on the canopy portion that becomes loose. Large enough to fit inside a baby’s to toddler’s mouth, the patch, with an embroidered logo for Ironman® or Stroller Strides® models, poses a choking hazard. The patch can be found on both single and double B.O.B. strollers manufactured between November 1998 and November 2010.
Causing the recall were six instances of children putting the loose patch into their mouth. Two out of the six gagged or choked, although no injuries occurred.
This isn’t the first recall of 2011 for B.O.B. strollers. Back in February, 357,000 B.O.B. strollers were recalled over a string on the canopy that posed a choking hazard.
For parents unsure of whether they own such a stroller, B.O.B. provides visuals of the parts – both the patch and the canopy string. Parents are advised to check the manufacturing date on their strollers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that parents stop using the jogging strollers immediately until the patch is removed. CPSC also mentions that a kit to remove the patch will be available and advises contacting the manufacturer. Retailers, as of this point, are no longer allowed to carry these particular stroller models.
Considering this B.O.B. stroller has experienced two recalls in less than 12 months, putting it aside and opting for another model is recommended. Plenty of other jogging strollers are available and have not been recalled. However, if you particularly prefer the B.O.B. model, wait until you receive a kit to remove the patch and use another stroller in the meantime.