Strollers long have been a convenient way for parents to enjoy the company of their young children. However, they also have long been associated with hazards that can lead to serious injury or even death. The defective product lawyers at Miami firm of Hannon Legal Group have extensive experience in dealing with such incidents when they occur.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued new federal standards that require all strollers and carriages be made, tested and labeled to minimize hazards to both the parent and child. However, these standards affect only strollers that are sold after September 10, 2015. They have no effect on strollers already sold or in stores today.
The risk is still out there. CPSC staff reviewed about 1,300 safety-related reports related to children and strollers for the period from January 2008 to June 2013 and found the reports included four deaths, 14 hospitalizations and nearly 391 injuries.
The most common cause of serious injury is when the baby is not secured properly, slips feet-first through a leg opening, and becomes entrapped by the neck.
But locks on folding mechanisms also have been known to fail, causing the stroller to collapse. These hinge mechanisms also may cause pinched, cut or amputated fingers or arms.
For instance, Graco Children’s Products recently issued a recall of 11 models of about 4.7 million strollers in the U.S. after receiving reports of finger injuries, including six fingertip amputations, four partial-fingertip amputations and one finger laceration.
The strollers were sold at outlets such as Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart and other retail stores and online at such sites as Amazon.com and Walmart.com from August 2000 through November 2014. All were single-occupant models with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle.
Parents who want to find out if their child’s stroller has been recalled due to hazards should visit http://www.safekids.org/product-recalls.
If your child has been seriously injured by one of these strollers, the lawyers at Hannon Legal Group are available for a complimentary consultation to see if you are entitled to compensation for medical costs and other expenses. Just click here or give us a call at 1(866) 835-6872 and we can schedule a time to review your case.