Kolcraft Recalls Contour Options Strollers Due to Amputation Threat

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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.