Stroller Recalled for Causing Finger Amputations.

Heads up every body:

Earlier this week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that  Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. recalled about 36,000 strollers after receiving reports that three children had their fingertips amputated in a hinge.  Two adults also had their fingers smashed or lacerated, according to the recall notice.

This recall involves the Kolcraft Contours Options strollers. They are both the three-wheeled or four-wheeled versions. They have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. According to Kolcraft, “On the ZL002 model, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On the ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018 models, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a label sewn into the edge of back of the stroller seat pad.”

They were manufactured in China from January 2006 through November 2009.  The strollers retailed at $150 to $160, but if you’re finding them now, it may be from second hand stores or garage sales, so keep your eyes peeled. They were still being sold as of this year though at specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com and ToysRUs.com.

If you have one of these strollers, you can contact the company at (800) 453-7673 to receive a free repair kit or read more at www.kolcraft.com.

I know people learn of recalls and get really upset with the manufacturer, but not me. I have a different perspective. Every time I see recalls like this and I see that they are being super careful with our children, basing the recall on a few injuries over many years, I wish that our pharmaceutical companies took the same kind of care with our babies.

Do you have one of these strollers? They look pretty cool. If you do, did you notice this problem? Will you be taking them up on their recall offer?

2 Comments

  1. I have one of these strollers & my son had his finger smashed THREE times the first week I bought it (at a 2nd hand store) they sent me new canopies, but that DID NOT fix the problem. They do have awesome customer service, I will be calling to find out if the new replacement parts/repair kit will actually fix the issue.

    We ended up removing our canopy so that my son’s hands couldn’t get caught!

    When I called them (approx. 6 months ago) they acted as if it was the first time, which I doubt. I’ve warned every single person I’ve seen using one that it could happen though.

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