February 17, 1999Cosco Announces Recall to Repair
Two Ways Tandem Strollers
Columbus, IN (SafetyAlerts)
- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC), Cosco Inc. is recalling about 57,000 GeobyTM Two WaysTM
tandem strollers for in-home repair. The plastic locks on the folding mechanisms can break
during use, causing the strollers to suddenly collapse. If strollers collapse, babies can
suffer injuries from the fall, including head injuries from hitting concrete sidewalks.
The child's arms, hands or fingers can be cut if they are on the locking mechanism when
the stroller collapses.
Cosco has received about 3,000 complaints of locks failing, which includes 250 reports of
strollers unexpectedly collapsing. This resulted in more than 200 injuries to babies,
including head injuries, a fractured forearm, finger and arm lacerations requiring
stitches, and bumps, bruises and cuts.
Cosco is offering consumers a free repair kit with instructions. The repair kit contains
two secondary locking pins that will prevent the stroller from collapsing. The Cosco GeobyTM
Two WaysTM tandem strollers being recalled are model numbers 01-644 and 01-645
(with car seat), manufactured from February 1997 through February 1998. The model number
and manufacturing date are stamped on a label on the back leg frame, just above the wheel.
The manufacturing date represents the week and year. Those manufactured between 0697 and
0698 are involved. The stroller is designed so that two babies can sit behind one another.
The stroller's front seat reverses so children can ride face to face and the back seat
reclines. Other features of the stroller include dual quilted canopies, a market basket
and a utility bag. "Cosco by GeobyTM" is written on the plastic side
lock covers and "Two WaysTM" is embroidered on the front seat's
Mass merchandise and juvenile products stores nationwide sold these strollers for about
$110 (model 01-644) and $170 (model 01-645).
Consumers should stop using the strollers immediately and call Cosco at (800) 221-6736
between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST Monday through Friday to receive the free repair kit.
Cosco will help consumers identify whether their strollers are involved in this recall.
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