Last week, the manufacturer of bicycle carrier seats for children recalled approximately 40,000 products due to a hand laceration and finger amputation danger. Todson Corporation recalled model numbers TCS2100, TCS2101, and TCS2102 of the company’s Topeak Babyseat II product. The company reportedly recalled the child carrier seats after receiving two separate reports of near finger amputations and one report of a crushed finger. The product is allegedly dangerous because a child can reach inside of an opening attached to a grab bar hinge mechanism. When a parent lifts the grab bar in order to remove a child from the carrier, the child’s fingers may be caught and cut, crushed, or even amputated.
The recalled seats are grey with a red lever that locks a blue grab bar into place. The word “Topeak” is embossed into the bicycle carrier seat as well as written on a protective foam pad installed on the grab bar itself. The recalled seats were sold individually and with racks to attach them more easily to a parent’s bicycle frame. The product was sold between January 2009 and April 2012 at REI, Hawley, J&B Imports, and other distributors throughout the country. Todson Corporation has advised individuals who own one of the recalled bicycle child carrier seat to stop using it immediately. The company is also offering consumers free hinge cover retrofit kits.
It is important for all parents to be aware of the safety concerns that can exist with any bicycle child carrier seat. Car seats and bicycle carrier seats are often not as safe as parents may believe and retrofitted attachments may not provide your child with enough protection to ensure his or her safety. Any child safety seat can pose a real danger to your child. If your child has been injured or disfigured by a car or bicycle carrier seat, it is a good idea to speak with a knowledgeable Texas personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the injury occurs.
We hope that no child is ever injured in an accident, but if your child received a disfiguring injury due to a car or bicycle safety seat, contact the attorneys at Carabin & Shaw today. Our hardworking San Antonio personal injury lawyers are available to answer your questions and assist you with filing your claim. Our attorneys will work diligently in order to maximize the compensation you receive for your child’s injuries. Carabin & Shaw represents clients throughout the State of Texas including Seguin, Laredo, El Paso, Beaumont, Rockport, Beeville, Austin, McAllen, and San Antonio. To schedule a free initial consultation, call Carabin & Shaw toll free at (800) 862-1260 or contact the law firm through our website.
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Bicycle child seats recalled due to laceration and amputation hazard, by Maggie Shader, ConsumerReports.org
Todson Recalls Bicycle Child Carrier Seats Due to Laceration and Fingertip Amputation Hazards, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release #12-143 dated April 5, 2012