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Mutsy Evo Stroller recalled for strangulation hazard

Consumer Reports News: February 07, 2013 04:43 PM

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of approximately 340 Mutsy Evo strollers because the opening between the grab bar and seat bottom can allow a child's body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck--a strangulation hazard if the child is not harnessed. The recall comes after Consumer Reports discovered the problem in December 2012 as part of our stroller testing program and notified the CPSC and Mutsy. We designated the stroller as Don't Buy: Safety Risk.

The Evo is made in China for Mutsy USA, Inc. of Chester, New Jersey. No injuries or deaths have been reported in connection with the Evo.

The recall includes about 340 EVO strollers manufactured between February 2012 and November 2012 with 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. The model number and date code can be found underneath the stroller seat on a white sticker. The strollers have black or silver-colored metal frames with brown, navy blue, black, or white seats. "EVO" is printed on the lower back frame of the stroller. The stroller was sold in juvenile product stores nationwide and websites including www.amazon.com between April 2012 and December 2012 for about $400.

The CPSC advises current owners to stop using the stroller and immediately contact Mutsy USA to receive a free replacement seat and grab bar. Consumers can call Mutsy toll free at 877-546-9230 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. eastern standard time, email the company at usa@mutsy.nl or visit the company's website at www.mutsy.com.

When Consumer Reports notified Mutsy that we had found the strangulation hazard, Stellario D'Urso, who was, until Dec 31, 2012, vice president for Mutsy USA, said the company manufacturers two versions of the Evo stroller--one for sale in the U.S. that meets ASTM International safety standards and one for sale in Europe that meets standards set by the European Economic Community. He said 368 units intended for sale in Europe were mistakenly shipped to the United States in 2012 and that constitutes the total number of Evo units that had been imported to the United States. Robert Gulickx, exporter for Mutsy, said this week that Evo units that meet the ASTM standard should be available in stores within about two weeks. When they become available at retail stores, Consumer Reports will purchase samples to test.

See our strollers buying guide. Subscribers can see our latest stroller Ratings.

David Schiff

   

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