Friday, June 19, 2009

Don't buy this stoller!

In Anticipation of a busy summer filled with swim lessons and other outings with all 4 kids and just me, I set out to buy myself a new lightweight stroller to use for Sam. The last stroller I bought was a gigantic double stroller when Brad was born. And before that I had a really bulky heavy single stroller from Hannah's baby shower. Both were very well used, held up great under Lots of use and abuse from all of my kids, but i felt it was time to move on. I found this super cute Jeep stroller that handled very well, Sam loved it and it fit great in the back of our car. I had used it just a few times and then I took it with my to a wedding reception on May 30th which Chase wouldn't be going with us. The reception was a ton of fun, my kids had a blast, and it was really crowded cause even though it was a come and go event, nobody seemed to have any desire to go. We all eating some yummy dinner and Sam was Chilling next to me in his cool stroller munching on whatever food I was willing to share. Everything was good. Then Brad was tapping me on the shoulder "uh...mommy- Sam's head is stuck out of his stroller..." I turned and sure enough, a seam along the back and Sam was still buckled and hanging out of the back of it!

I took it back to the store and the lady swore to me she had never seen this problem before, so I figured it was just a fluke. So we switched it for another of the same kind. i was very hopeful yet cautious. After just one trip to swim lessons the material was starting to pull apart in the same spot. I returned it for a completely different brand. I then sent an e-mail to kolcraft with the pictures and complained to them. They said they could send me a different seat that would work with this frame (which would require me to take apart the frame to get the new seat on and be without a stroller till they got it to me) and they would look into it. I looked up reviews on the Internet- I found that on one website 30 reviews out of 79 specifically stated a problem with the seams ripping out, and many more that said "falling apart" without mentioning which part is the problem. I really wish I had seen these reviews before buying, but now I am wondering why this stroller is even being sold with babies falling out the back of it? when will they recall these? Only after a child is seriously hurt?

1 comment:

Rogers said...

I am so glad I am out of the baby shopping. Good for chase doing some dishes! sounds like you guys are staying busy and doing well!