Last week, Graco Children's Products recalled 4.7 million strollers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company had received reports of six fingertip amputations, four partial fingertip amputations, and one finger laceration.
The problem with the strollers is the folding hinge that appears on the sides of the stroller. It can pinch a child's finger, which poses a laceration or amputation hazard. Eleven models of the stroller have been recalled, including Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling, and TravelMate. All affected strollers were manufactured between 2000 and 2014. The strollers were available for sale at nationwide retailers including Walmart, Target, Amazon and Toys R Us.
The company is offering free repair kits beginning in December. While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers should exercise extreme care in unfolding the stroller. The child should be immediately removed from any stroller that begins to fold, in order to keep the child's fingers from the side hinge area.
This is a huge recall, and although it's tragic that several children suffered serious injuries, it's fortunate that more weren't hurt. Companies that manufacture baby and children's products have a legal duty to ensure that their products are safe for the public. If they fail in that duty, the injured party can sue for damages. This may include compensation for medical expenses and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous children's product, such as a stroller, crib, or car seat, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. You can also learn more about us on our Facebook page.