I bought my girlfriend a stroller for her shower last October. She had 4 older children and nothing for a baby. She was thrilled to receive the stroller, and now her son is almost 3 months old and enjoys going for a stroll.
On February 7, I saw that the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall for a line of baby strollers and my heart fell. The report said the Mutsy Evo strollers pose a strangulation hazard.
The problem is due to the fact that a child can slip through the space between the grab bar and the bottom part of the seat and get stuck at the neck, if the harnessed is not fastened.
The recall is for approximately 340 Musty Evo strollers which were made between February 2012 and November 2012.
The recall was issued after Consumer Reports found the problem. No injuries or deaths have been reported with this stroller, but it does pose a safety risk. Current owners are advised to stop using the stroller and to contact the manufacturer to receive a free replacement grab bar and seat.
The recall includes the following model numbers: MT12-03, MT12-11, MT12-14, MT12-31, MT12-34, MT12-37, MT12-39, MT12-42, MT12-43 and MT12-48. You can call Musty toll free at 877-546-9230 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those looking to buy a stroller, the vice president for Mutsy USA has said Evo units in the stores should now meet the ASTM International safety standards. Before you buy, though be sure to check the model and date stamp found beneath the stroller seat on a white sticker.
I’m happy to say, the stroller I gave as a gift was not one being recalled, but wanted to pass on the information for those who need it.
Photo credits: USCPSC