|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|January 30, 1990
|Release # 91-034
Petrus Umbrella Stroller
Modification Program Announced
WASHINGTON, DC - Petrus Imports, Inc. of
Framingham, MA today announced it is voluntarily making available to consumers a free
modification kit for approximately 100,000 late model Petrus umbrella strollers.
Undertaken in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the
modification program involves Petrus stroller models 1000, 1100 and 1101 sold nationally
by Service Merchandise, Caldor's, Zayre's and Ames. Model numbers are found on the
instruction sheet and on a label on the stroller's rear legs. On some model 1101
strollers, the label on the stroller is partly handwritten and reads "1101/PTR."
The model 1100 strollers were distributed between November 1987 and December 1988, while
the model 1101 strollers were distributed between May 1988 and August 1989. The model 1000
strollers were distributed between November 1987 and June 1988.
The seat belts on these models may not restrain properly, and the tube end plugs may come
off on strollers manufactured in Taiwan. (See "Date of Manufacture" label for
country of orgin.) When a toddler strapped into the stroller leans too far forward, the
child may fall forward and possibly strike his head on the ground or on the front of the
The Commission and the firm are aware of six consumer complaints associated with the
restraint system, including three minor injuries to young children. One other complaint
concerned a loose tube end plug found in a stroller box which could pose a choking hazard
to a young child who places the plug in the mouth. No choking incidents have been
Consumers should call Petrus Imports, Inc. toll-free at 1-800-752-7740 Monday through
Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) for a free modification
kit. Consumers may also write Petrus Imports, Inc., P.O. Box 967, Framingham, MA 01701,
Attn: Ms Stamos.
The CPSC is announcing this modification program as part of its mission to protect the
public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The
CPSC is the Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some 15,000 types of products
fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are involved in an
estimated 30 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
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