In a move that surprised James O. Cunningham and other Orlando product liability lawyers, stroller manufacturer Kolcraft, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recently issued a voluntary recall of more than 36,000 strollers due to an amputation hazard. The recall affects 36,000 Kolcraft strollers sold in the U.S. and another 270 sold in Canada. According to the CPSC report, the fingertips of at least three children have been amputated and two adults suffered smashed fingers when they locked or unlocked the hinge mechanism on Kolcraft Contours Options strollers. The mechanism is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers, and users’ fingers can be smashed or cut deeply by the metal.
The recalled strollers were made in China for Kolcraft Enterprises of Chicago, Illinois. The Kolcraft Contours Options strollers affected by the recall are three- and four-wheeled models with model numbers beginning with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On ZL002 models, the model number and manufacture date are printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018 models, that information is printed on a label sewn on the back edge of the stroller seat pad. The strollers ranged from $150 to $160 in price and were sold at a variety of brick-and-mortar and online retailers from January 2006 through January 2012.
The CPSC advises owners to stop using these strollers immediately and contact Kolcraft for a free repair kit. They can contact Kolcraft by calling 1-800-453-7673 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. EST Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST on Fridays. They can also visit Kolcraft’s website at www.kolcraft.com.
Everyone has a right to expect that the products that they purchase are safe to use, but that is not always the case. In Florida, people who have been injured by a defective product can seek damages against the manufacturer, distributor and retailer that sold the product. It must be said that product liability laws, especially here in Florida, can be especially difficult to understand for anyone outside the legal community, and recent Florida Supreme Court rulings on product liability laws reflect that. If you have been injured by a defective product and would like to speak with an Orlando personal injury attorney with a proven record of success in product liability cases, call Mr. Cunningham today at 888-425-2004 to schedule a free consultation
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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