What to Do if Your Stroller Gets Recalled

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First of all, in order for your stroller’s manufacturer to contact you if your stroller gets recalled, it’s crucial to register your stroller and its accessories as soon as you buy them. Even secondhand strollers can be registered on a manufacturer’s website by using the model, serial number, and date of manufacture located on the stroller.

If a stroller you own is involved in a recall, don’t panic! Immediately stop using it and contact the manufacturer to confirm that your particular stroller is, in fact, part of the recall. If it is, the manufacturer will give you detailed instructions on how to remedy whatever problem triggered the recall. In a massive Graco stroller recall in November of 2014, for instance, Graco issued a free repair kit that included hinge covers to remove the pinch, laceration and finger amputation risk posed by the hinge design on some of its strollers.

When buying a used stroller, it’s important to do your due diligence by checking at a site like the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure that the model you’re purchasing hasn’t been involved in a recall. If it has, it’s not the end of the world. Simply make certain that the previous owner followed the manufacturer’s recommendations to fix the issue that prompted the recall. Otherwise be sure to follow those recommendations yourself. Sometimes, as in the case of B.O.B. strollers involved in a 2011 recall, fixing a choking hazard is as easy as removing the backing from a stroller’s embroidered logo or getting rid of a dangerous canopy drawstring. Obtain the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them carefully.

Whatever you do, act responsibly and don’t resell or donate a recalled stroller without first fixing the issue that prompted the recall. It might end up in the hands of an uninformed consumer, and you could put them or their child in serious danger by not taking proper measures to make the stroller you’re parting with safe.