Peg Perego has made its reputation for producing top-end juvenile products from high chairs and car seats to riding toys, but the company today has announced a recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The word from Washington is that Peg Perego is recalling approximately 223,000 strollers, which include Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers in various colors, made between January 2004 and September 2007.  What brought the recall on is "because children can become trapped and strangled between trays on them."

According to Peg Perego, a six-month-old boy from California died of strangulation in a stroller in 2004, and a seven-month-old girl from New York was nearly strangled in 2006.  The company has stated "entrapment and strangulation can take place, particularly among those younger than a year old, when the child is not harnessed into the stroller.  If unharnessed, children can pass through the opening between the tray and the seat bottom and the child's neck and head can become trapped by the tray."

The company said the strollers were made before a voluntary industry standard was implemented in January 2008 that addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom.

The models that are being recalled are listed by clicking here.  You can contact Peg Perego for a free repair kit at (888) 734-6020.

The strollers were sold for about $250 in Burlington Coat Factory stores.  South Jersey locations include the Cumberland Mall in Vineland, on the Black Horse Pike in EHT, and Route 42 in Blackwood.