Child injuries resulting from accidents can be some of the most tragic and disturbing of all personal injury cases. From the day a child is born, their parents do everything possible to care for and protect them. Our children are widely viewed as our most precious treasures, which is why there is often an assumption that children’s toys and products are manufactured, designed and created with the utmost care, with a particular eye towards insuring that they are safe. As this latest Stroller Recall illustrates, that is not always the case.
Recall Announcement and Logistics
On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of approximately 1.5 million Graco strollers for a serious amputation and laceration hazard. The defective strollers were made in China and sold at several popular retailers including Babies R Us, Kmart, Sears, Target, and Wal-Mart nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009.
The recall of the Graco Children’s Products Inc. strollers was issued after reports were made of five children having their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips. All of these serious injuries occurred when children put their fingers in the strollers’ canopy hinge while the canopy was being opened or closed. Certain model numbers of Graco Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems are included in the recall. Manufacture dates and model numbers can be found on the lower inside portion of the back frame, which is above the back wheels of the strollers. The government has alerted consumers to stop using these defective and dangerous strollers and to contact Graco for a free repair kit. However, such warnings have come too late for those afflicted in the reported events, and it is unclear at this time how many unreported events may have occurred as well.
History of Stroller Exposure to Harm
As the second major recall in the last few months relating to strollers and fingertip amputations and injuries, the CPSC is vigorously examining all strollers with the hinge mechanism design which has caused children disfigurement and pain and suffering. In November 2009, almost one million Maclaren strollers were recalled after 12 incidents of child fingertip amputation were reported due to a problematic hinge system. While the CPSC takes a closer look at the entire product line of strollers to establish what measures must be implemented to make sure that children are safe while in and around strollers, hopefully consumers will adhere to warnings and help prevent further fingertip amputation or injury.
Defective Children Products Legal Action
If your child has suffered from a dangerous or defective stroller, toy, or any other product, there are legal measures that you may take with the assistance of an attorney to seek restitution. The reputable Los Angeles product defect lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have been recognized by peers for consistent high level of success.
In being recognized nationwide and in the state of California for their substantial settlements and verdicts for consumers, Panish Shea & Boyle is prepared to put years of experience into action for the families of children who have suffered due to these recalled strollers and any other product. To learn more about what can be done regarding your specific child product defect injury or accident, please call Panish Shea & Boyle today at 1-877-800-1700 or navigate through www.psblaw.com to find out additional information regarding the success record of our plaintiffs law firm.
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