Cincinnati, Ohio Product Liability Lawyer and Child Consumer Safety Attorney reviews defective stroller lawsuits and child product recalls for plaintiffs nationwide
According to a study released in American Pediatrics, around 17,000 children under the age of five visit an emergency room each year due to defective stroller or baby carrier-related injuries.
Many stroller accidents and injuries are simple falls or parental errors, though still many others are due to strollers with design defects, which in turn can lead to plaintiffs filing defective stroller lawsuits against negligent child product companies.
Stroller defects range from unstable legs and laceration and amputation hazards to hinges that disengage and wheels that fall off unexpectedly. In current high-profile defective stroller lawsuits, dozens of plaintiffs allege that the front wheel on their BOB jogging strollers fell off, causing flip over accidents and injuries. Both adults and children have suffered injuries, including bone fractures, face injuries, and head injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has been under scrutiny because even after 200 documented consumer complaints of BOB stroller wheels falling off, the company chose not to recall the defective stroller.
Joe Lyon is a Cincinnati, Ohio consumer safety attorney and product liability lawyer filing defective stroller lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.
BOB Stroller Defects & Accidents
Several models of BOB strollers are reportedly causing injuries to both parents and children, due to a design defect that allows for a quick-release lever securing the wheel to disengage. Apparently, less than a half turn of the quick release can prove the difference between “safe and unsafe” clamping force.
However, Britax Child Safety, the maker of BOB strollers refused the 2017 CPSC voluntary recall of almost 500,000 strollers, and the company said their product met industry standards for child safety. But front-wheel accidents kept occurring and resulted in numerous defective stroller lawsuits filed against Britax.
Stroller Defect Recalls
Issues with quick-release wheel strollers have led to recalls by other stroller companies, including recalls of bicycles by 18 different brands. Other recalls have included the following:
- Graco recalled over 4 million models of their Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems strollers in 2014 because the folding hinge on the sides of the stroller can pinch a child’s finger, posing laceration or amputation hazards.
- In 2018, Jané Muum strollers were recalled for violating the federal Stroller and Carriage standard as an infant can pass through the opening between the stroller armrest and the seat bottom, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards.
- In 2016, Pacific Cycle recalled its jogging stroller because of a quick release defect.
- 28,000 Delta All-Terrain Jogging Strollers were recalled because the Stroller Leg Bracket Can Break
- About 1,000 Combi Shuttle Travel System strollers were recalled because the Car Seats Can Disengage From the Stroller Frame. Both products have been deemed safe but should not be used together.
- Britax recalled 700,000 B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers because the Click & Go Car Seats Can Disengage From the Stroller Frame. The design defect caused 26 recorded injuries due to a faulty attachment system.
- 29,400 Aria Child GB Qbit Lightweight Strollers were recalled for laceration and amputation hazards linked to a Folding Side Hinge. The stroller can randomly fold without warning, causing the child to fall out.
Defective Stroller Lawsuits & Stroller Accidents
Common design defects with strollers may include malfunctioning brakes that can cause strollers to roll away, wheel disengagement, faulty hinges or laceration risks, defective locking mechanisms, folding hazards, inferior materials, unstable design, attachment car seat issues, and insufficient restraints or seat belts.
If your child has been injured due to a faulty stroller or car seat, you should contact a product liability attorney to discuss potential defective stroller lawsuits and rightful compensation for injuries and other damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a stroller defect, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a child product safety attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding defective stroller lawsuits.