Before heading out for a summer jog with your baby in tow, parents should check the brand and model of their jogging stroller. On Thursday, more than 200,000 Pacific Cycle jogging strollers have been recalled because of a defective front wheel. The company reported that there have been 132 reports of the front wheel becoming loose or unstable, resulting in 215 injuries, causing head injuries, cuts, sprains, bumps, and bruises.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall was issued because the front wheel can come loose and detach in these various Instep and Schwinn models: Instep Safari, Instep Grand Safari, Instep Flight, Schwinn Turismo, and Schwinn Discover Single and Double Occupant Swivel. If you have on these of these models, which come in a variety of colors, check here for the model number located on the inside of the metal frame above the rear right wheel to see if your jogging stroller is included in this recall. The recalled strollers were sold between January 2010 through June 2016 and prices ranged between $130 and $350.
If you find that your jogging stroller is among the 217,600 recalled products, the company advises that you stop using it immediately and contact Pacific Cycle to obtain a repair kit to secure the front wheel and provided an instructional video with information about the repair kit.
As for returns and refunds, the company did not mention a specific plan, but did say in the recall announcement that “consumers should not return the jogging strollers to retailers where purchased.” Instead, consumers are advised to contact Pacific Cycle customer service by phone at 877-564-2261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also fill out and submit a customer service request form through the company's website.
One of the strollers included in the recall — the Schwinn Turismo — was once included in an article by BabyStrollerHub.com about the five best jogging strollers in 2016.
The recall comes in the peak of summer when kids aren’t in school and parents are out enjoying the warm weather with their little ones. Jogging strollers have been steadily gaining popularity, since they were invented in 1983, among moms looking to for a new exercise to stay fit or just to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with jogs and walks with their babies.
Jogging strollers are different than a traditional stroller, they're designed to keep your baby comfortable while you quickly move over bumpy and rocky surfaces. So, making sure your jogging stroller functioning safely and properly is very important to keep both you and your baby safe during a fun activity when you both can enjoy the beautiful weather outside and fresh summer air.