Stroller straps provide babies with extra security
Posted February 24
Babies have many needs, and new parents might not be aware of all the dangers baby equipment can pose.
Children have died in all sorts of baby equipment. Laura Guardino's cautionary tale stems from a stroller. Her infant, Bobby, was strangled while he napped.
"He was just the greatest baby, he really was," Guardino said. "I know everyone says that about their own children, but he was smart and he was funny, and he was the best thing that ever happened to me."
She never thought there would be a problem putting her 7-month-old in the stroller to nap.
Bobby got his head stuck between the tray and the seat. He was not strapped in.
"He was stuck in the stroller," she said. "They took him to the hospital, and from there he was gone."
The stroller model was deemed dangerous enough to be recalled in 2010, after Bobby's death.
"The opening is large enough to allow a child's unharnessed torso to slide through, but not big enough for the head. So the head can get caught and a child can be strangled. To stay safe, all children should be harnessed in their strollers," said Dr. Eric Mallow of Consumer Reports.
Many have been recalled, but that doesn't mean the strollers are completely off the market. Consumer Reports found several models that pose a similar risk.
"We recently went on Craigslist and easily bought two used strollers that had been recalled and posed a similar hazard," Mallow said.
Consumer Reports' does test strollers. They recommend the $180 Chicco Cortina as a top choice!
No matter which stroller you use, always be sure to strap in your child!
Parents should also periodically check the federal recalls list at recalls.gov.
Most manufacturers adhere to voluntary safety standards. The Consumer Product Safety Commission expects mandatory standards to be in place within the next year.