A number of strollers are being recalled due to the danger that they could pose to children.
The recall was announced by Kolcraft Enterprises, a company based out of Chicago, Illinois. It concerns the Contours Options four and three wheeled strollers. Five model numbers in total are affected: ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. They come in a variety of colors and were produced in China between January 2006 and November 2009. A whopping 36,000 units are being recalled from around the country, with an additional 270 currently residing in Canada.
These strollers have a hinge mechanism that goes into action when a parent or guardian attempts to adjust the handlebars. Unfortunately, when being used, the mechanism creates an opening that a child could stick his or her fingers into, posing a danger that a laceration or an amputation could occur. Three children have suffered a finger amputation already, and even three adults had their fingers cut or smashed in the opening.
These strollers were sold at a number of retail outlets across the country between January 2006 and this month, as well as at the online stores of Toys R Us, Target, and Amazon. They cost from $150 to $160.
Anyone with this stroller in their possession should cease placing their child into it at once and get in touch with Kolcraft to obtain a repair kit at no charge.
I’ve already reported one bicycle-related recall to you today, and I’m sad to say that I have to now report another one.
This recall concerns 40,000 Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats imported from Taiwan by a Massachusetts company called Todson, Inc. The item in question was sold at various bicycle dealers all across the country as well as REI’s website. Available between January 2009 until this month, the seats retailed from $140 to $180.
At issue is the hinge mechanism in the grab bar of the seat. The mechanism has an opening that is wide enough for a child to put his or her finger into it. If the adult taking care of the child fails to see that the kid has placed a finger into this opening, then the digit can get caught in the mechanism when the adult goes to lift the seat. This could lacerate or totally sever the child’s finger.
Sadly, two reports have already arisen in which babies needed to get stitches and/or suffered a crushed finger injury.
To determine if your baby seat has been affected, check the model number on the packaging. If it says TCS2100, TCS2101, or TCS2102, then cease usage immediately. Todson will provide a free retrofit kit if you contact them.
As a personal injury attorney in Fresno, I find defects affecting children’s products to be heartbreaking. Manufacturers need to be taking steps to keep children healthy, and if they don’t, then chances are they will soon be contending with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer like me.