BOB Gear Jogging Stroller Is SafeFebruary 16, 2018
February 16, 2018
Maureen Dempsey at APCO Worldwide
FORT MILL, S.C. – February 16, 2018: Today, BOB Gear by Britax announced that it declined the CPSC’s request to recall BOB jogging strollers in the U.S. made before September 2015. There is no defect in these products. They are safe when used as instructed. The quick release, which is used to secure the removable front wheel to the frame, is a widely-used feature. It has a history stretching back decades – first in bicycles and then in strollers. While we respect the CPSC and its mission, we cannot agree to recall a product that is not defective.
The BOB is a jogging stroller with specific features that customers look for and value. You can take it running, hiking or off-road. It has a swiveling front wheel for convenient turning and navigating. Because the front wheel can be removed when necessary, it folds up easily and compactly for transport and storage. CPSC wants to eliminate this functionality.
Front wheel detachments are not due to any defect in the product design; they involve an improperly secured quick release mechanism and/or jogging with the swivel wheel unlocked. Detailed instructions and videos on securing the quick release and locking the front wheel are available on the BOB gear website and in the User Guide.
“At BOB Gear, safety is at our core. Everything we do is driven with a focus on a commitment to safety,” said Sarah Tilton, Director, Consumer Advocacy. All BOB jogging strollers have been rigorously tested, often going above and beyond US performance requirements. They comply with the industry standards and government regulations, including meeting the wheel retention performance requirement (ASTM), adopted unanimously by the CPSC in 2014. “Our consumers are well-informed when it comes to the products they buy, and we trust them to use the product correctly,” said Tilton.
More information for consumers, including user guides and instructional videos, is available at www.bobgear.com and via our customer care line at 1-888-427-4829, Monday-Thursday 8:30-5:45 PM EST; Friday 9:00 AM-4:45 PM EST; and Saturday, February 17 9:00 AM-3:00 PM EST.