A popular baby stroller has been recalled because it could suddenly and spontaneously collapse beneath a child.
Baby Trend issued a recall of about 2,000 of its Tango Mini Strollers, sold at Target and on Amazon, on January 16, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to the recall notice, the baby buggy’s has hinges at its sides that can collapse if pressure is placed on them, causing the stroller to collapse and the baby to fall to the ground.
No injuries have been reported, but the CPSC and Baby Trend are asking asking that anyone who purchased these strollers between October and November of last year stop using them immediately in order to ensure their babies’ safety.
Baby Trend’s Mini Tango Stroller can reportedly collapse at the hinges with excess weight, causing an infant to fall to the ground, according to its recall issued January 16
The CPSC is urging parents to check the brand and model number on their strollers.
Baby Trend’s recall applies to the Tango Mini Strollers sold in four colors, with the the corresponding model numbers: Quartz Pink (ST31D09A), Sedona Gray (ST31D10A), Jet Black (ST31D11A) and Purest Blue (ST31D03A).
If you’re worried your stroller might be among those recalled, you can find the model number on one of the stroller legs, printed on a black and white label.
Its potential to fold in on itself is troubling.
‘Both the stroller’s hinge joints can release and collapse under pressure, posing a fall hazard to children in the stroller,’ says the CPSC warning.
It comes shortly after the agency posted a recall issued for another infant product, an inclined sleeper, that it believes may put a baby at a higher risk of suffocation than a flat or less inclined sleeper.
The past year was a bad one for nursery products. At least 32 babies died in Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleeper before it was finally recalled in April.
A recent Nationwide Children’s study found that over the course of 21 years, more than 360,000 children under five were taken to US ERs for injuries linked to strollers or baby carriers.
Although no injuries have been reported, the company fears that the hinges, pictured here, are not safe for holding the weight of a baby
The model number can be found on this black and white label on the stroller’s leg
That averages out to about 17,142 such injuries each year, and most of them were head injuries, the researchers reported.
And rates have only climbed as time has gone by.
Twice as many children sustained stroller- or carrier-related head injuries in 2010 as in 1990.
Perhaps as a result of these bad track records, brands like Baby Trend try to issue recalls before injuries are actually reported.
Baby Trend is offering to refund anyone who bought the strollers or replace them with a different model.
It has asked that consumers not contact Target, Amazon or any other retailer that the product may have been purchased from.
Instead, for more information you can contact Baby Trend at 800-328-7363 from 9am to 4:30pm PT Monday through Friday, e-mail or online at and click on ‘Safety Notices’ at the bottom of the page for more information.