To some degree, when we purchase products here in the United States, we expect that the more we pay for something, the higher quality it will be. And although for the most part this appears to be true, sometimes it's the higher-end products that end up being the most dangerous.
Case in point is the most recent recall parents across the nation, including here in California, were alerted to when Bugaboo International announced that they were recalling approximately 50,000 strollers in the U.S. and Canada because of safety concerns.
So far, the company has received 58 reports of carrying handles disengaging on two of their stroller models, which the company feels poses a serious risk to child safety. Although none of these reports have indicated any injuries resulting from the handle defect, the manufacturer fears that it could present a problem down the road and have issued the recall as a precautionary measure.
Despite the hefty price tags for the two recalled models of strollers-one priced around $980 while the other coming in between $1,200 and $1,600-critics point out that in this case, more money does not necessarily correlate to a better product. This is particularly disturbing to note because the Bugaboo strollers involved in the recall were quite popular among both the urban and suburban areas of the U.S. The company estimates that approximately 46,300 strollers were sold in the U.S. before the safety concern was brought to their attention.
Although the company is taking a proactive approach to preventing any injuries to children, the high cost of the stroller does beg the question: if the money didn't go towards designing a completely safe product, what were consumers actually paying for?
Source: The Huffington Post, "Bugaboo Recall: More Than 50,000 Cameleon And Donkey Strollers Recalled," The Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2013