Baby product company, UPPAbaby, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a voluntary recall of more than 14,000 strollers.
The Massachusetts-based company made the announcement on its website and social media channels on Thursday.
The UPPAbaby stroller recall comes after a terrifying accident in which a child’s fingertip was amputated when it got caught in the stroller’s rear brake.
The child was not riding in the stroller at the time of the accident.
UPPAbaby and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announce a voluntary #recall of the All-Terrain RIDGE stroller manufactured between October 2021 and August 2022. For more recall info, please visit: https://t.co/UZJfsK2Fy4
— UPPAbaby (@UPPAbaby) September 1, 2022
The Consumer Product Safety Commission wrote in a release:
“The stroller’s rear disc brakes have openings that can cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child’s fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use.”
The recall is specifically for the UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Stroller.
Every All-Terrain jogging stroller manufactured between June 2021 and August 2022 and sold between October 2021 and August 2022 is being recalled.
The $600 stroller is sold at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn Kids, BuyBuyBaby, and other children’s stores nationwide. It is also available on Amazon.com.
According to the product description, the strollers have an “extendable canopy with a mesh window and zipper pocket, disc hand brake system, and an adjustable handlebar with a wrist strap.”
It is intended for babies 3 months to 55 lbs.
You can also purchase a Piggyback ride-along board that easily attaches to the back of your RIDGE stroller for your toddler.
It retails for $99 and is advertised with the following warning:
“This product is not intended for use while jogging. Child should be standing and holding onto the stroller handlebar.”
As for the recall, serial numbers to watch out for begin with 1401RDGCA.
The serial number is printed on the right side of the stroller frame above the rear wheel of the stroller.
The model number “1401-RDG-CA” is on the opposite side of the stroller frame.
Additionally, the brand name (UPPAbaby) is on the front of the strollers and RIDGE is on the side of the frame. They come in white, charcoal, or slate blue.
So far, only one accident has been reported.
And, according to the company, the incident was “likely due to consumer misuse.”
Regardless of whether it was “consumer misuse” as the company claims, or a design flaw, the reality remains: a child has suffered a serious injury.
In a press release on the company’s website, UPPAbaby addressed the accident while stressing its commitment to safety.
The statement read in part:
“Our top priority at UPPAbaby is the safety of children.
We conduct extensive testing to ensure UPPAbaby products meet all global industry and regulatory standards.
Despite passing all tests and meeting all standards, UPPAbaby received one report about the all-terrain RIDGE stroller.”
“We take all product inquiries very seriously.
Based on one consumer report to us, we believe the injury is likely due to consumer misuse.
The RIDGE’s disc brakes have openings that can cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child’s fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use.”
The Ridge stroller received the Parents “Best For Baby” Award in 2022.
If you own one of these strollers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that you “immediately stop” using it and contact UPPAbaby.
Consumers can check UPPAbaby’s website to confirm if their all-terrain RIDGE jogging stroller is included in the recall.
If it is a part of the recall, UPPAbaby will send you free replacement disc brakes for both wheels.
“Consumers who own an UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Stroller manufactured between June 2021 and August 2022 will receive free replacement disc brakes for both wheels to be added to their existing all-terrain RIDGE jogging stroller.”
You can contact UPPAbaby toll-free at 844-823-3132 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
You can also reach the company via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.uppababy.com/ridge/disc-brakes/ and click on “Submit Info” at the bottom of the page.
Alternatively, you can go to www.uppababy.com and click on “Click to read more” next to the recall announcement.
If you have any questions, you can read all of the details of the recall here.