|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|May 31, 1988|
|Release # 88-033|
Washington, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peg Perego U.S.A., Inc., Fort Wayne, Indiana, announces a voluntary consumer repair program for its "Avanti" model stroller.
In at least 13 reported instances an infant seated in the stroller has put his mouth over a metal wire guide that runs parallel to the stroller's arm rest. The child's chin has been caught in the one-inch space between the wire guide and the arm rest, resulting in lacerations to the mouth, and in some cases, loosening of teeth or loss of teeth.
The Perego "Avanti" stroller sold for approximately $99 nationwide. 11,344 units were distributed by the firm between January 1, 1986 and December 15, 1986.
Peg Perego U.S.A., Inc. will provide a free repair kit that will close the gap where children's chins have been caught. The repair kit will not interfere with the stroller's reversible handle feature.
To obtain the repair kit and installation instructions, consumers should call Peg Perego toll-free at l-800-824-4000. Consumers may also contact the firm by writing to Peg Perego, U.S.A., Inc., 3625 Independence Drive, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The name "Avanti" was used on two stroller models. Only strollers with wire guides and the name "Avanti"' on the front bumper are affected by this repair program.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.
Please use the below phone number for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800