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Kolcraft Recalls Strollers and Evenflo Recalls Convertible High Chairs In the Wake of Injuries

Manufacturers must ensure that their consumer goods are safe for use. Unfortunately, there are products that enter the marketplace that later prove to include safety hazards that place consumers at risk of injury or death. This can be especially dangerous if the product is made for children or infants. AtThe Gilbert Law Group, our child injury attorneys represent families with products liability claims and lawsuits against manufacturers, sellers, and distributors.
In the wake of reported injuries to both kids and adults, Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. is recalling approximately 36,000 Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Amputation and laceration injuries can occur if the finger of a child or an adult child gets caught in the opening that is created when the hinge mechanism used to adjust the stroller handlebars is locked and unlocked.
CPSC and Kolcraft have so far received five related injury reports, including incidents involving three children who suffered fingertip amputations and two adults that sustained lacerations or smashed fingers. Consumers are urged to stop using these strollers and contact Kolcraft for a free repair kit.
Also announcing a recall this month is Evenflo Inc. The distributor is recalling approximately 35,000 convertible high chairs that may pose a fall hazard. The danger can arise if the chair’s activity tray were to unexpectedly detach, causing an unrestrained child to fall out. Already, Evenflo has received 18 reports of the trays detaching. Eight of them involve kids sustaining bumps and bruises after falling out of the high chair. Evenflo will send consumers of the recalled high chairs a free replacement tray with instructions.
Child Injuries Caused by Product Defects
With 68% of product-related injuries involving kids under five in 2010 caused by strollers, carriages, high chairs, infant carriers, car seats, mattresses, and cribs, manufacturers, sellers, and distributors must make sure that these products are designed and made free from defects or dangers that could cause a child to get hurt. Fortunately, families can seek recovery for injuries caused by a product that was defective or malfunctioning by availing of products liability laws.
Each state has its own laws governing compensation for injuries involving defective products. In addition to amputation, lacerations, bruises, and bumps, examples of other injuries involving different kids products include head trauma, broken bones, strangulation, strangulation, asphyxia, drowning, brain injury, suffocation, and death.
Kolcraft stroller recalled after kids’ fingers amputated, Chicago Tribune, June 14, 2012
Popular high chair recalled over safety concerns, WABC, June 7, 2012
Nursery Product-Related Injuries and Deaths Among Children Under Age 5, CPSC (PDF)

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