It's been a rough week in transportation recalls, especially for the tot set. Peg Perego recalled 223,000 older model strollers because they pose a risk of entrapment and strangulation. Kolcraft also recalled 5,600 tandem strollers for fall and choking hazards to little ones. And door latch problems led Honda to recall more than 172,000 2013 Acura ILX and 2012 Honda CRV vehicles. For these and other recalls, read on.
Careful when it comes to hand-me-down strollers. Peg Perego recalled 223,000 older versions of Pliko-P3 and Venezia strollers, manufactured between January 2004 and September 2007, numerous model numbers, because of a risk of entrapment and strangulation, especially to infants younger than 12 months old, when a child is not harnessed. A 6-month-old baby boy from Tarzana, Calif. died of strangulation after his head was trapped between the seat and the tray of his Peg Perego stroller in 2004. Another 7-month-old girl from New York, N.Y., was nearly strangled when her head became trapped between the seat and the tray of her stroller in 2006. Only strollers that have a child tray with one-cup holder are part of this recall. Strollers with a bumper bar in front of the child or a tray with two-cup holders are not included in this recall. The strollers were sold at various retailers nationwide, including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby from January 2004 through September 2010. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Peg Perego at (888) 734-6020, or visit their website for a free repair kit. Retailers will not be able to provide the repair kit.
Kolcraft recalled 5,600 Contours Options LT Tandem Strollers, model number ZT012, because the front wheel assembly can break, posing a fall hazard to children. Strollers manufactured in January and February 2012 also pose a choking hazard because the nuts that hold the stroller's basket support screws in place can detach. The recalled strollers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory and juvenile product specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, and other online retailers between February 2012 and July 2012. Owners may Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673 for free replacement wheels and/or replacement nuts. Additional information can be found on the firm's website.
For the safety lowdown on strollers and what's worth your money, check out our various stroller reports and reviews.
In auto safety
Honda (American Honda Motor) recalled more than 172,000 2013 Acura ILX and 2012 Honda CRV vehicles because of door latch problems. If the manual or power door lock is activated while an interior front door handle is being operated by an occupant, the cable connecting the interior door handle to the door latch mechanism may become loose and move out of position, possibly preventing the door from latching properly, increasing the risk of injury during a crash. Honda will notify owners beginning on or about August 16, 2012 and dealers will replace the front door latch assemblies in the affected vehicles, free of charge. Owners may contact Honda customer service at (800) 999-1009.
Fuel leaks are never a good thing, which is why Ford recalled 9,320 2013 Ford Escape vehicles after it found certain vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012, are equipped with an engine compartment fuel line which may split. A ruptured fuel line may leak, increasing the risk of fire or personal injury. Ford has begun notifying owners to stop driving their vehicles and contact a Ford or Lincoln dealer to arrange pick-up of their vehicle. Customers will be provided with a rental vehicle if needed. The dealer will replace the engine compartment fuel line, free charge. Owners may contact Ford at (866) 436-7332.
In household goods
Potential fire hazard made Burlington Coat Factory recall 6,000 Lush Life power strips. The power strips have undersized wiring which poses a risk of shock to consumers. The wiring and plastic strip also fail to meet fire resistance safety standards, posing a fire hazard to consumers. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recalled power strips were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, The Container Store and other retail stores nationwide from July 2011 through March 2012. Consumers may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or store credit. For more information, consumers may contact the firm at (888) 223-2628, or visit the firm's website.
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