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Baby Jogger recalls 30,000 stroller car-seat adaptors

Baby Jogger recalls 30,000 stroller car-seat adaptors

After getting almost 50 reports of the support bars failing on certain car seat adaptors, Baby Jogger has recalled 30,000 adaptors for some of its most popular strollers. Two infants were injured when their car seats fell to the floor. The strollers, including the popular City Mini single and double versions, do not accommodate car seats without the adaptor kits, which must be purchased separately. Baby Jogger is offering free replacements to affected consumers, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recalled car seat adaptors come in three models—single, double and select/versa—to secure a range of infant car seats to Baby Jogger strollers. The adaptors consist of two U-shaped aluminum bars that support the car seat and two plastic adaptors that attach to the stroller itself. The problem is with the pegs that connect one to the other. Manufactured between April 1, 2012, and Sept. 20, 2012, the recalled adaptors include pegs with 10 holes in them. Pegs with only four holes are not part of the recall.

This is not the first time Baby Jogger has recalled its strollers or accessories. In March 2011, nearly 2,000 Baby Jogger Jump Seats sold in the U.S. and Canada were recalled because they could disengage from the stroller, allowing a child to fall. In that recall, the company received four reports of children falling, resulting in scrapes, bruises, cuts, and one broken nose. Another 2012 recall of more than 10,000 City Versa strollers was issued because the stroller frame could fail to lock in place and collapse while in use. The company received six reports of that happening. And in 2009, Baby Jogger recalled 41,000 City Mini strollers after testing by Consumer Reports revealed that the stroller’s harness buckle released too easily. The Baby Jogger City Mini Single had a harness buckle that released when pulled by forces as weak as two pounds—considerably less than the pulling force of the average child. Consumer Reports said then that, independent of our test findings, Baby Jogger had recently redesigned the buckle after getting 100 consumer complaints of broken buckles.

When Consumer Reports tests strollers, it does not test stroller accessories that are sold separately, including car seat adaptors. But we have tested some of the strollers that accept the adaptors. The single-stroller car seat adaptor fits the Baby Jogger City Mini Single, $230, and the City Mini GT, City Elite, City Micro, Summit XC/X3, and F.I.T. strollers. The double stroller adaptor can be used with the Baby Jogger City Mini Double, $430, City Mini GT Double, and Summit X3 Double. And the city/versa adaptor can be used on the top-rated but pricey Baby Jogger City Versa, $400, and the Baby Jogger City Select, $500, a very good performer with an even heftier price tag.

The car seat adaptors were sold at Buy Buy Baby as well as other juvenile product stores and online retailers for about $60 for the single adaptors and $100 for the double adaptor. If you own one of those adaptors, stop using it and contact Baby Jogger at (877) 506-2213 or via email at recall@babyjogger.com. You can also go to www.babyjogger.com and click on Recall Information.

—Artemis DiBenedetto

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