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Uppababy issues pushchairs safety alert

Bumper bar bite risk on Uppababy 2015 models

Uppababy Vista 2015The new Uppababy Vista 2015

Uppababy has issued a safety advisory regarding the bumper bar on 2015 models of the Vista and Cruz pushchairs as well as the optional additional Rumble seat.

Uppababy has received reports in the US of children biting down and tearing off a piece of the new 2015 model bumper bars, though no injuries have been reported.

Though there have been no reports of incidents in the UK, a UK spokesperson for Uppababy told Which? that the company is taking the same action in the UK as in the US – offering a free bumper bar cover to owners of the affected models.

Uppababy pushchairs bumper bar cover

If you own either the Uppababy Vista 2015 model or Uppababy Cruz 2015 model and have already registered with Uppababy, you will be sent a bumper bar cover directly from the supplier.

If you’re thinking of buying one of these pushchair models imminently, Uppababy’s distributor in the UK confirmed that all stock sent from its warehouse from Monday this week has the cover already fitted.

Read our expert’s first impressions of the Uppababy Vista 2015 in our

If you have an Uppababy Vista or Uppababy Cruz 2015 and haven’t registered it with Uppababy, covers are also available on request from the Uppababy Service Team by e-mailing them at DCUK@centurylogistics.co.uk.

Pushchair bite testA ‘bite test’ being performed on an Uppababy pushchair in our labs

How Which? tests pushchairs safety

Our lab experts use a bumper bar ‘bite test’ on all the pushchairs we test. A special device is used to ‘bite’ the covering of the bar and is then pulled away. This replicates a toddler biting down with force. If anything can be bitten off, we check to see if it may cause a choking hazard.

In research we conducted in March 2014, less than a quarter of the 2000 parents we surveyed reported that their child had bitten a chunk out of a pushchair bumper bar. But if your little one is a fan of chomping, then our advice is to keep an eye on them in any pushchair, especially if it has a foam bumper bar.

The Uppababy Cruz and Uppababy Vista 2015 models are currently being tested in our labs, and we’ve been told that both pushchairs have passed the bite test.

Pushchair reviews

We have also put the original Uppababy Vista and Cruz, as well as pushchairs from big brands such as Bugaboo, iCandy, and Mothercare through our tough safety tests. See what we thought in our pushchair reviews.

Which? members can find out which pushchairs performed best in our tests by visiting our Best Buy pushchairs page.

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