U.S. Maker Recalls Dangerous Strollers

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Chicago-based Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc., has issued a recall for more than 36,000 strollers sold recently in the U.S. and Canada, according to a statement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recall affects strollers sold as “Contours Options,” both the three- and four-wheeled models. The recall announcement says that the strollers pose a danger to both children and adults for serious injuries to the hands.

According to the CPSC, the company has learned of three children who had fingertips cut off, as well as two adults who had fingers smashed or cut, while using the Kolcraft strollers. The company estimates that about 36,000 strollers in the U.S. will be affected by the recall.

The problem with the Contours Options stroller lies with the adjustable handlebars. According to the recall, the hinge on the handlebar creates an opening as it is locked or unlocked that can catch and injure fingers. The models that pose the risk were sold between January 2006 and June 2012, for $150 to $160. They could have been purchased at a variety of stores in person or online. Retail sellers included Target, Toys”R”Us, and Amazon.com.

The recalled strollers have serial numbers beginning with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. You can find the serial number on your Contours Option stroller by checking for a sticker above the left wheel or for a label sewn onto the back edge of the stroller seat pad.

People who have one of the recalled strollers should stop using the product immediately. They should also contact Kolcraft, either by calling the company or by finding them online. If you know anyone who may own the stroller, you should share the recall information with them. As we’ve mentioned before, many people affected by a recall aren’t aware that they need to take action–and far too often serious injury is the result.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury because of the Contours Options stroller or another Kolcraft product, you should contact the CPSC as well as Kolcraft. You should also seek medical attention, if you haven’t already.

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