Britax Child Safety, Inc. is the latest company to recall <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">strollers that can amputate a child’s fingers. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), this recall involves 14,000 Britax â€œBlinkâ€ Umbrella Strollers in the U.S., as well as another 900 in Canada. Fortunately, no injuries have been linked to these strollers.
This recall involves all Britax â€œBlinkâ€ single umbrella strollers. â€œBlinkâ€ is printed on the metal frame on both sides of the stroller, below the hand grips. The recalled â€œBlinkâ€ strollers have model numbers U261813, U261814, U261815, U261816, U261817, U271813, U271817 and U271815 and were manufactured between May 2009 and September 2009. The model number and manufacturing date can be found on a white label on the stroller frame, near the bottom of the stroller basket.
The “Blink” umbrella strollers were sold at Buy Buy Baby and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada and on the Web at www.Amazon.com, www.babiesrus.com, www.Target.com and www.Diapers.com from July 2009 through February 2010 for about $150.
According to the recall notice, the strollerâ€™s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Britax to receive free stroller hinge covers.
The Britax “Blink: stroller recall is the third such recall since November 2009 for amputation and laceration hazards. . In November, MacClaren USA, Inc. recalled about a million single and double umbrella strollers after it had received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the strollerâ€™s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States. The MacClaren models affected by that recall included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller.
In January, Graco recalled 1.5 million strollers for the same problem. Graco said it has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the strollerâ€™s canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations. The strollers models affected by that recall included Gracoâ€™s Passage, Alano, and Spree Strollers.
Also in January, 1,100 CYBEX strollers made in China and distributed by Regal Lager Inc. after the hinge mechanism had fractured a child’s finger.
For more information on the Britax “Blink” stroller recall, consumers should contact Britax toll-free at (888) 427-4829 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firmâ€™s website at www.BlinkRecall.com.