Stroller Alert 3/19/12

Published On: Mar 15 2012 11:00:56 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 15 2012 11:03:21 AM CDT


Mom of two, Jennie Dean, doesn't know what she'd do without her double stroller. Jennie Dean "It allows me to leave the house every single day. It can carry more than I ever could - so both kids, groceries, diaper bags, everything. Nothing else can do that." Consumer Reports tested 12 double strollers to see how they handle real-life challenges and if they meet voluntary safety standards. This Bumbleride Indie Twin costs almost 700 dollars and can be used with an infant car seat. When children sit in the stroller, you're supposed to raise this bumper bar. With the bar in the upper position, the stroller passed an important safety test. This ball - the dimensions of a young child's head - slides easily under the bar - as it should. But when the bar is in the lower position the child's head can get trapped. Our fear is that harried parents may not raise the bar and if their child isn't strapped in this could happen. The youngster could slide under the bar, but her head could get stuck. In fact there have been at least 10 infants have strangled this way over the years in other strollers.) The instruction manual for the Bumbleride has the warning: "When child is seated in stroller, only use bumper bar in upright position. Child can slide forward and strangle." But Consumer Reports is afraid parents won't necessarily read the instructions and may miss the small warning tag on a cover that zips over the bar with the same caution. Consumer Reports does not know of any deaths or injuries associated with this stroller. Still it is rating the Bumbleride Indie Twin a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk" because of the potential danger. None of the other double strollers Consumer Reports tested had serious safety issues. But some proved tough to maneuver,, including this Safety 1st Two Ways Tandem Stroller. Far better was this Maclaren Twin Triumph stroller for 265 dollars, which proved very easy to use and maneuver.