CPSC Issues Baby Trend Stroller Warning After Death Linked to Detachable Canopy
Federal officials are waring parents of about a potentially deadly hazard linked to Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand strollers, after one child died and another child became trapped in the stroller’s detachable canopy.
On February 9, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand strollers, including doubles strollers and ultra strollers. However, the manufacturer has not yet issued a voluntary stroller recall due to the apparent design defect.
One report indicates a 14-month-old child’s neck became trapped in the space between the front of the canopy tube and the armrest of a double stroller, resulting in an asphyxiation death. The father was nearby, but was unable to see the child become entrapped in the stroller canopy.
Another report indicates a 17-month old child became entraped in the space between the back of the canopy tube and the seat, resulting in neck bruises and other non-fatal injuries.
Baby Trend Stroller Entrapment Risks
The CPSC warns there is a risk of head or neck entrapment between the pivoting front canopy and the armrest or seat back of Baby Trend’s Sit N’ Stand Double and Ultra strollers.
The space in front of and behind the stroller’s pivoting front canopy can trap a child’s head or neck if a non-occupant child climbs on the exterior of the stroller, or when a child in the front seat of the stroller is not securely restrained in the seat using all five points of the harness.
Entrapment can lead to a loss of consciousness, serious injury, or death, the CPSC warns.
Consumers can reduce the danger by removing the canopy from the stroller when it is not in use and not allowing children to play on the strollers. Children should always be fully secured in the strollers with the built-in five-point harness.
The affected strollers have a black or silver frame and a black tray at the front with oval cutouts on the sides. Sit N’ Stand is printed in white on the side of the frame and Baby Trend is printed on the side of the mesh basket under the seat. The affected strollers have model numbers beginning with SS76 or SS66.
The model number is printed on a sticker located on the left inside rear of the frame, near the left rear axle.
The Sit N’ Stand strollers were sold nationwide since 2009 in stores including Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, and Buy Buy BABY as well as online at www.babytrend.com, Amazon.com, bedbathandbeyond.com, and other online retailers.
Instructions on how to remove the detachable canopy for Sit N’ Stand Double or Ultra strollers with model numbers beginning SS76 or SS66 are provided in the product manual and images accompanying this safety warning on the CPSC’s website.
The CPSC requests consumers report incidents or injuries linked with the Baby Trend Sit N’ Stand Double or Ultra strollers or with any product to CPSC at www.SaferProducts.gov.
Consumers should also report any incidents or questions related to the Baby Trend stroller problem to Baby Trend at 800-328-7363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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