Five Million Graco Strollers Recalled For Fingertip Amputation Dangers

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Graco RecallGraco has issued a product defect recall for nearly 5 million Graco and Century baby strollers due to dangerous hinges that can pinch a child’s finger resulting in severe cuts or finger amputation.

According to a CBS news report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of 4.7 million strollers in the United States, and thousands more that were sold in Canada and Mexico.

Reports of Finger Amputations

The problem with these strollers involves the folding hinge on the sides of the recalled strollers. So far, there have been 11 reports of finger injuries including six fingertip amputations and four partial fingertip amputations.

The strollers were made by Graco and include model names such as Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems.

They were all produced between August 1, 2000 and September 25, 2014.

The strollers were sold at nationwide retail stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and Toys R Us as well as online on Amazon.com. Those who own these strollers should contact Graco for a free repair kit, which will be available in early December.

Graco is asking that consumers be “extremely careful” when unfolding the stroller and make sure that the hinges are locked in place firmly before placing the child in the stroller.

For more information about this recall, please call 1-800-345-4109.

Be Wary of Recalled Children’s Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalls hundreds of products each year. If a product is recalled, it must be removed from store shelves. However, recalled products, especially children’s products, can still be found in yard sales or in the second-hand market.

Do not buy a recalled children’s product. Visit the CPSC’s website, recalls.gov for a complete list of product recalls. To find out about recalls as they happen, sign up for free e-mail alerts directly from CPSC’s website.

If your child has been injured as the result of a defective product, please remember that he or she has rights. You can seek compensation on behalf of your child for damages such as medical expenses, permanent injuries, disfigurement, pain and suffering and emotional distress.

In cases where applicable, punitive damages may also be sought against the product manufacture in addition to compensatory damages. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.

Recalled Car Seats Could Result In Serious Head Injuries

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Recaro RecallChild car seat manufacturer Recaro has issued a defective product recall for more than 40,000 car seats, which could result in head injuries.

According to a news report in Tech Times, the company is recalling the car seats after it discovered that the child’s head would not be secured in the event of a crash.

So far, company officials say, they do not know about any injuries as a result of the ProSport Child Safety Seats that have been recalled.

Potential for Severe Injuries

The recall involves the ProSport Model 385 car seats made between June 2010 and January 2013. The issue with these car seats is that when a collision occurs, the car seat does not secure the head of a child.

This could allow the head to move too much resulting in serious head injuries or traumatic brain injuries.

The company says if parents use both the latch belt and the top tether, this issue could be rectified. But it is issuing the recall as a precaution and delivering a repair kit with a letter informing customers about the issue at hand.

According to the company, these car seats “failed to meet required head excursion limits set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) when tested with a 52 pound, 6-year old dummy and installed with a LATCH belt only, no top tether.”

Closed Head Injuries

Based on this news report, it appears that children who use these car seats are in danger of suffering closed head injuries.

The damage in such cases occurs when the traumatic incident such as a collision causes the brain to move forward and back or from side to side in such a way that it collides with the bony skull around it.

This jarring movement bruises the brain tissue, damage nerve cells and tears blood vessels.

Understanding Your Rights

If you own one of these car seats, it is important that you obtain the repair kit and fix the problem right away. Do not stop using the car seat. Any car seat is safer than no car seat at all. If you can obtain an alternate safe car seat until to repair your recalled car seat, that is a good option to take.

If your child has been seriously injured as a result of these or other defective car seats, it is important that you contact an experienced product liability lawyer who has successfully handled cases against product manufacturers.

The best product defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.

Graco Recalls 2 Million Infant Car Seats For Harness Buckles

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Graco Infant Seat RecallGraco has recalled nearly two million infant car seats due to a defective buckle that makes the car seats difficult to open.

According to a Fox 6 news report, the car seat manufacturer has recalled 1.9 million car seats for select infant, toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats this week.

This safety recall comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the federal agency demanding the recall and the car seat maker resisting issuing a recall for More

New Report Shows Only 10% of Recalled Children’s Products are Returned or Repaired

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babyA new report, released by safety advocacy group Kids in Danger (KID), states that child product safety recalls have a dismal record of 10 percent.

According to a USA Today report, it typically takes 13 reports of design flaws and at least two injuries to recall defective products.

Most parents do not hear or learn about product recalls until years after they occur or until their own children get injured. More

Toys Recalled Due to Potential Choking Hazards

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Cleveland-based Dunecraft Inc. is issuing a defective product recall for a series of marble-sized toys including Water Balz, Skulls, Orbs and Flower toys, that expand when place in water. The recall involves about 95,100 Dunecraft products sold in U.S. and Canada at retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond. According to a Consumer Reports article, the toys can be swallowed and cause a life-threatening condition. Officials also say that the ingested toys are not visible on hospital x-rays and must be surgically removed from the boy. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement that an 8-month-old Texas girl ingested a Water Balz toy and needed surgery to get it removed in August 2011.

Injuries and Fatalities Relating to Toys

According to a CPSC report, in 2010, the agency received reports of 17 deaths and 251,000 injuries that were linked to toys. The report states that balloons and small balls were associated with 47 percent of the reported deaths in 2010. A majority of the deaths (11) were from choking while drowning caused four deaths.

Taking the Necessary Precautions

These are defective toys that should not be in the market in the first place. However, during this holiday season, store shelves are flooded with dangerous and defective children’s products that can put our little ones in harm’s way. The best way to protect our children is to be aware of the hazardous products out there so we do not bring them into our homes in the first place. Safety experts warn that when it comes to choosing toys, safety comes first. They say if it fits through a toilet paper tube, it’s a choking hazard and a young child should not have access to it.

Product Liability Issues

If a dangerous or defective toy has injured you or a loved one, it is important to understand that you have legal rights. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages by filing a product liability claim against the toy manufacturer. In such cases, victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, hospitalization, treatment costs, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. In the case of a fatal injury, family members may file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages. Victims or their families would also be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will be able to advise them about their legal rights and options.

Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled for Potential Choking Danger

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Car seat manufacturer Britax has issued a defective product recall for children’s safety seats and boosters due to a potential choking hazard. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, the chest pads in these safety seats are made of a softer material that could come apart if the child bites or chews on it. If that happens the pieces could become a choking hazard. The recall involved 55,455 restraints.

Once the recall begins, Britax will provide replacement pads made of firmer material, with instructions on how to install them. Those who own these seats are asked to remove the current pads and continue to use the seat until the replacements arrive. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call Britax at 1-888-427-4829.

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Summer Infant Bath Seats Recalled for Fall Hazards

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada have issued defective product recalls for more than 2 million Summer Infant baby bath seats because they pose a serious risk of head injury to young children. According to Consumer Reports, the company’s Mother’s Touch and Deluxe Baby Bathers can suddenly collapse when parents lift them causing the baby to fall out of the bather. So far, CPSC and Summer Infant have received seven reports of incidents in the United States including five incidents where the babies suffered head injuries after a fall from the bather.

Four children between two weeks and two months old suffered skull fractures, including one infant who required intensive care for bleeding in the brain. A fifth child suffered a head injury that required emergency room treatment. Anyone who owns these recalled baby bathers are asked to stop using them right away and call Summer Infant for a free repair kit that includes a lock strap and installation instructions. Consumer Reports recommends that parents use infant bathtubs and that they always keep one hand on the child at all times.

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Bumbo Baby Seats Recalled for Serious Fall Hazards

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Bumbo International Trust has issued a defective product recall for four million of its popular baby seats after receiving at least 50 reports of infants falling, including 19 reports of skull fractures. According to a CBS news report, since this recall, there have been an additional 34 reports of infants who suffered falls from an unknown elevation. Two of those reported cases resulted in skull fractures as well.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging those who own these seats to stop using them immediately and order a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt. These defective baby seats were sold at retailers including Sears, Target, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, USA Babies, Wal-Mart and other children’s stores. They were sold between August 2003 and August 2012 for between $30 and $50.

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Federal Government Approves New Safety Standards for Play Yards

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new safety standards that will protect children as they play in portable play yards. According to Consumer Reports, these potentially dangerous and defective products, which are commonly referred to as pack-and-plays, were involved in more than 2,100 incidents. The play yards were reported to the agency between November 2007 and December 2011 accounting for 60 deaths and 170 injuries. The new regulations relating to play yard safety will become effective six months after the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

New Federal Safety Rule

The mandatory federal requirements for play yards include a stability test to prevent the play yard from tipping over; latch and lock mechanisms to keep the play yard from folding on a child when it is in use; entrapment tests for attachments so a child’s head does not get trapped; and floor strength tests to ensure structural integrity and to prevent children from getting trapped by the play yard floor.

The new rule will also mandate play yard manufacturers to follow minimum side height requirements to prevent children from climbing out of the play yard on their own. In addition, manufacturers must test the play yards to prevent the top rails from folding downward and cause a neck entrapment. However, manufacturers were able to do away with a provision that would have addressed misassembly, known to be a common cause of play yard deaths.

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Kolcraft Strollers Recalled for Potential Injury Hazards

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Kolcraft has issued a defective product recall for 36,000 of its Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers because it could pose laceration or fingertip amputation hazards. According to Consumer Reports, a child’s or adult’s finger can get caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism that adjusts the handlebars, presenting an amputation and laceration hazard. So far, Kolcraft and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have received five reports of injuries involving the hinge mechanism, including three incidents where children’s fingertips were amputated. In two cases, adults’ fingers were lacerated or smashed.

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