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Manufacturers Recall Thousands of Strollers Over Child Safety Hazards in Texas, Nationwide

Last week, approximately 223,000 child strollers manufactured by Peg Perego between January 2004 and September 2007 were recalled over an alleged strangulation hazard. The company’s Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers reportedly place children at risk for becoming trapped between trays affixed to the front of the product when a harness attached to the stroller is not being used. According to Peg Perego, the risk for strangulation is greatest for children under one-year of age. Only those products that include a single cup holder in the tray are being recalled. Strollers that include a bumper bar or more than one cup holder are not included in the recall.

The Peg Perego recall was issued after six-month-old child in California was strangled and a seven-month-old child in New York was nearly strangled. The strollers at issue were manufactured prior to the January 2008 implementation of a new industry standard that requires more space between a stroller tray and seat. According to the company, the voluntary standard was created in an effort to reduce or eliminate strangulation hazards in child strollers. The strollers at issue were sold at several retail stores including Babies R Us and Buy Buy Baby. The recalled Peg Perego strollers can be identified by the fact that the company name and stroller model name are both printed on the side of each stroller.

Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. also recently issued a recall for certain strollers. The recall was issued in response to alleged falling and choking hazards associated with one of the company’s products. Although no injuries were reported, approximately 5,600 Contours Options LT Model Number ZT012 strollers sold between February and July 2012 were recalled after the company learned of potential product defects. According to Kolcraft Enterprises, a child riding in one of the recalled strollers may be subjected to a fall hazard if the front wheel assembly breaks or becomes damaged. Additionally, detached basket assembly nuts may pose a choking hazard to small children. The strollers involved in the recall were sold at a number of child specialty stores, Burlington Coat Factory, and online. The model number and manufacturing date of the Contours Options LT strollers can be found on a label on the leg of each stroller.

It is critical for all parents to be vigilant about the safety of any product designed for use by their child or children. Car seats, bicycle carrier seats, and strollers are frequently not as safe as parents may believe. Additionally, retrofitted safety attachments may not provide your child with enough protection. Parents need to remember that any product can pose a real danger to your child. If your child was hurt, disfigured, or even killed by a stroller or other product designed for children, you should contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

We sincerely hope that no child is ever injured or killed in a tragic accident. If your child received a traumatic injury due to a poorly designed stroller or other product, please contact the attorneys at Carabin Shaw today. Our knowledgeable Austin personal injury attorneys are available to answer your questions and help you file your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our dedicated lawyers will dedicate themselves to maximizing the damages you receive for your child’s injuries. The Law Firm of Carabin Shaw represents clients across Texas, including McAllen, Laredo, Beaumont, Rockport, Beeville, El Paso, San Antonio, Seguin, and Austin. To schedule a free initial consultation, call Carabin Shaw toll free at (800) 862-1260 or contact our skilled lawyers through the law firm’s website.

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Additional Resources:

Peg Perego Recalls 223,000 Strollers, Huffington Post


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