Fort Collins, Colorado-based phil&teds is voluntarily recalling approximately 22,000 jogging strollers sold in the United States, and about 7,200 in Canada due to amputation and laceration hazards. However, unlike most defective product recalls, the strollers do not seem to pose a hazard to the child placed in the stroller, but to the consumer.
Apparently, when folding or unfolding the strollers, consumers’ fingers can get caught in the hinge mechanism, causing injury. The phil&teds company has received three reports on injuries. One adult user of a recalled stroller suffered a fingertip amputation, while two others suffered lacerations.
The dangerous strollers were sold in stores nationwide from May 2008 and July 2010, and cost between $350 and $450. The recalled models are now discontinued, and have not been produced since 2010. Although the strollers are no longer manufactured, the fear is for consumers who still own and possibly use the strollers, and for those who may purchase used baby items without knowledge of their potential dangers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has published model names and numbers of the recalled strollers. If you own one of these recalled strollers, or you know someone who does, the CPSC recommends that consumer immediately stop using the strollers, and contact phil&teds to arrange for shipment of a free hinge cover kit and instructions to install it.
If you or a loved one has been injured by one of these recalled strollers, or by any defective child products, please contact Bachus & Schanker for a free consultation. We can help you protect your rights, and determine whether you’re entitled to any compensation for your injuries.