UPPAbaby Stroller Recall Issued After Children Eat Foam Bumper Bars

Following reports of small children biting chunks off of a foam bar, nearly 80,000 UPPAbaby strollers and RumbleSeats have been recalled from the market. 

The UPPAbaby strollers and RumbleSeats recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 23, following at least 22 reports of children biting the bumper on the strollers and RumbleSeats.

When a child bites the bumper bar, a piece of foam may be removed from the foam covering. This may block a child’s airway or pose other risks to the child. While no injuries have been reported as a result of the incidents, the bumper does pose a choking hazard to children using the products.

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The recall affects approximately 71,000 UPPAbaby strollers and RumbleSeats sold in the U.S., in addition to 8,000 sold in Canada. The stroller and RumbleSeat products are made of an aluminum alloy grey or black frame with a black fabric toddler seat and a colored fabric sunshade canopy and a black basket under the seat.

The UPPAbaby name and logo are printed on the side of the canopy and CRUZ is printed in white lettering on the handlebars of the stroller for that model. The Cruz strollers have a 0181 model number and serial numbers printed on a sticker with a barcode on the lower right frame of the stroller.

VISTA strollers have grey or black aluminum frames, a colored sunshade canopy and are made to hold one, two, or up to three children. VISTA is printed in white lettering on the handlebars of the stroller and UPPAbaby is printed across the bottom diagonal rail of the stroller frame next to a black fabric basket.

The Vista strollers have a 0101 model number printed on a sticker on the lower crossbar frame. The recalled products include the following serial numbers printed on a sticker with a barcode below the rear axle of the stroller frame on the left.

A full list of serial numbers affected by the recall is available on the CPSC recall announcement (see link above).

The RumbleSeat is a separate seat that can be attached to the stroller frame. The Rumble Seat has manufacturer dates stamped on the bottom of the seat made from September 2014, to May 2015. The RumbleSeat comes in different colors and allows the child to ride rear facing, forward facing or reclined.

Each product is made with a foam bumper bar across the middle of the product for the child to hold.

The strollers, manufactured by UPPAbaby of Hingham, Massachusetts, were sold ay BuyBuy Baby and other children’s product retailers nationwide, and sold on Amazon.com, from December 2014 through July 2015 for between $170 and $860.

The CPSC urges consumers to remove the bumper bar and to call UPPAbaby customer service toll-free at (844) 540-8694, if they own one of the products in question. The company will provide a free bumper bar cover and warning label.

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