Recall issued for Bumbleride Indie strollers

February 3, 2012 2:39:52 PM PST
We have a recall to tell you about, and it involves a baby stroller that can pose a fall hazard.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing a voluntary recall on the Bumbleride Indie and Bumbleride Indie Twin because the front wheel can break at the axle hub, causing the stroller to tip and posing a fall hazard.

It turns out Consumer Reports found a different potential safety risk.

Mom of two Jennie Dean doesn't know what she'd do without her double stroller.

"It allows me to leave the house every single day. It can carry more than I ever could -- so both kids, groceries, diaper bags, everything. Nothing else can do that," Dean said.

Consumer Reports tested 12 double strollers to see how they handle real-life challenges and if they meet voluntary safety standards.

This Bumbleride Indie Twin costs almost $700 and can be used with an infant car seat. When children sit in the stroller, you're supposed to be able to raise the bumper bar.

With the bar in the upper position, the stroller passed an important safety test. This ball -- the dimensions of a young child's head -- slides easily under the bar, as it should. But when the bar is in the lower position, the child's head can get trapped.

"Our fear is that harried parents may not raise the bar and if their child isn't strapped in, this could happen: The youngster could slide under the bar, but her head could get stuck. In fact, at least 10 infants have strangled this way over the years in other strollers," said Kim Kleman with Consumer Reports.

The instruction manual for the Bumbleride has the warning: "When child is seated in stroller, only use bumper bar in upright position. Child can slide forward and strangle."

But Consumer Reports is afraid parents won't necessarily read the instructions and may miss the small warning tag on a cover that zips over the bar with the same caution.

Consumer Reports does not know of any deaths or injuries associated with this stroller, but it is rating the Bumbleride Indie Twin a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" because of the potential danger.

None of the other double strollers Consumer Reports tested had serious safety issues. But some proved tough to maneuver, including this Safety 1St Two Ways Tandem Stroller.

Far better was the Maclaren Twin Triumph Stroller for $265, which proved very easy to use and maneuver.

Consumer Reports also rates the single stroller version of the Bumbleride Indie a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" due to the same problem.

The manufacturer has issued an alert regarding the bumper bar. And on Friday afternoon, the manufacturer and the CPSC recalled both strollers because of the unrelated problem with the front wheel.

If you own ones of these strollers, Consumer Reports says stop using the bumper bar altogether. To address the front wheel problem, here's more information on getting a free retrofit kit.