The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and Kolcraft Industries, Inc. recently announced a safety recall of several models of Kolcraft strollers. The strollers have a “pinch point” in the hinge mechanism on the handlebars, which can cause crush injuries or even amputation if a child’s or adult’s hands become trapped in the hinge.
The CPSC reports five separate injuries to date, including three children who needed amputation surgeries after their fingers were too badly damaged in the hinge to heal properly on their own.
The recall focuses on the Kolcraft Contours Options strollers, which come in three-wheeled and four-wheeled models. The affected model numbers are ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. Look for the model number on a sticker over the left wheels or on a tag sewn into the back of the seat pad.
The strollers were available from Toys “R” Us, Target, Amazon.com, and other major retailers from January 2006 to November 2009. They sold for $150 to $160 each. For a free repair kit, call Kolcraft at (800) 453-7673. Until you can repair the hinge, do not use the stroller or allow children to use or play with the stroller.
When we buy products for our children, we examine them for obvious hazards, but we also trust that there are no hidden dangers that could hurt the kids we care for. When a child is injured by a defective product, an experienced Wayne County defective product injury attorney at Lipton Law can help you find out what happened and seek the compensation you and your child need. Call us today at (248) 557-1688.