Canadian and U.S. regulators are recalling an estimated 2.5 million push buggies for children because the handle can become detached and cause a parent or caregiver to lose control of the toy vehicle.
The affected ride-on products are the Step2 Push Around Buggy and Whisper Ride Buggy, which were made in a variety of colours, including orange, red, blue, pink and green. The buggy has a red "Step2" logo on its handle.
Health Canada and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have recalled the following model numbers: 715700, 792300, 7923TA, 7923OR, 796600, 7966TA, 768400, 882900, 885700.
Ohio-based Step2 Co. has received 28 complaints of the handle detaching from the recalled models, which were sold between 1999 and 2009. There have been no reports to Health Canada of incidents or injuries related to their use.
Health Canada is advising consumers to check whether their push buggy has a yellow knob where the handle attaches (on the back of the toy). If so, they should immediately stop using the buggy and contact Step2 to obtain a free repair kit.
Buggies that have a handle attached by a bolt with a white or black plastic head and nut are not included in the recall.
For more information, consumers may contact Step2 toll-free at 1-800-347-8372 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the Step 2 website at http://www.step2.com.