Bugaboo Stroller Recall Issued Due to Risk of Handle Detaching

More than 50,000 Bugaboo baby strollers have been recalled, after dozens of reports were received that the carrying handles detached while in use, which may put babies in the strollers at risk of suffering a severe head trauma or other injury in a fall. 

A Bugaboo stroller recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 15, impacting the Bugaboo Cameleon and Bugboo Donkey models.

The manufacturer, Bugaboo Americas, of El Segundo, California, has received at least 58 reports that suggest the button on the stroller’s carry handle may disengage, causing the handle to detach and put children at serious risk of injury.

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The recall involves the carry handles on Bugaboo strollers with detachable carrycots/seats. The strollers consist of a base, sun canopy, and other various accessories sold in multiple colors. The recalled models have a fabric tag on the side of the sun canopy with the name “Bugaboo” and the model name.

The recalled Cameleon models have serial numbers ranging from 04011090900001 to 04031101009999, 08011090900001 to 08021100800386, and 140100093600531 to 140103123350418. The Donkey model serial number included in the recall ranges from 170101105300001 to 170104130900500. All serial numbers can be located on the stroller’s chassis, located under the carrycot/seat.

Both Donkey and Cameleon models were manufactured in China under Bugaboo International B.V., of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The stroller’s were sold in the U.S. and Canada at Buy Buy Baby, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Toys R Us and other baby product stores nationwide, online at Bugaboo.com and other retailers. The Donkey model was sold from January 2011 through December 2012 for between $1,200 and $1,600. The Cameleon model was sold between September 2009 and June 2012 for about $980.

Bugaboo International also recalled about 70,000 strollers and car seats in December of 2011, due to design defects that allowed infants to fall and suffer injuries. The Bugaboo car seat adapter recall was issued due to a defective car seat adaptor that failed to lock the seat in place. At least one injury was related to that recall. Another Bugaboo Bee stroller recall was issued in 2009 due to reports of the stroller’s swivel wheel locking while in motion, causing the stroller to tip over.

The CPSC recommends that consumers with the recalled “Cameleon” and “Donkey” model strollers stop using the product immediately and contact Bugaboo at (800) 460-2922 for a free replacement handle or visit their website at www.bugaboo.com and navigate to the link titled “Important Quality Initiative” for more information.


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