On January 30, 2014, a popular brand of baby strollers was recalled due to partial finger amputation and serious laceration injuries. Approximately 216,000 Britax single and double strollers were recalled. The affected models are Britax B-Agile, B-Agile Double, and BOB Motion strollers. The strollers came in black, red, kiwi, sandstone, navy and orange, and they were manufactured between March 2011 and June 2013. The manufacture date can be found on a label located inside of the stroller’s metal frame near the right rear wheel.
When a consumer presses the release button while pulling on the release strap to fold the stroller, the hinge on the folding mechanism can partially amputate consumers’ fingertips, break their fingers or cause severe lacerations. There have been reports of one partial fingertip amputation, one broken finger and severe finger laceration injuries.
The strollers were sold at major retailers nationwide and also online at Amazon.com, buybuybaby.com, ToysRUs.com and other online retailers from May 2011 to June 2013. The strollers were sold for between $250 and $450.
Consumers should immediately stop using the strollers and contact Britax to receive a free repair kit. To see more information about this recall, visit www.cpsc.gov.
In situations where consumers are injured by a recalled product, they may have a dangerous products or a products liability claim against the manufacturer. In the Britax situation, the hinge may have a design defect causing it to improperly fold or release, which can injure consumers’ fingers.
In order to pursue a Pennsylvania or New Jersey products injury case, it is important to keep the product. The reason for that is because the stroller needs to be inspected by experts to see if there in fact is a design defect. Even if the stroller is returned or fixed, consumers may still be able to prove a design defect. However, this requires a thorough investigation and inspection of the documents detailing the design and the help of a knowledgeable dangerous products injury lawyer. Dangerous products cases are complicated, and in addition to the manufacturer, other parties may be responsible. In this instance of the recalled strollers, the maker of the hinge may also be responsible.
If you were injured by a recalled stroller or other dangerous consumer product in PA or NJ, feel free to contact Dan O’Brien, who has helped consumers injured by various consumer products. Dan always offers a FREE initial consultation. 877.944.8396