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Strollers Recalled Due to Finger Amputation Hazard

Monday, June 18th, 2012

A popular brand of baby strollers made by Kolcraft has been recalled after three children have reportedly had their fingers amputated and two adults have smashed their fingers in the stroller’s locking mechanism. reports:

Approximately 36,000 defective strollers were sold in the United States and Canada between January 2006 and June 2012, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children and adults have had their fingers caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism on the stroller, according to the commission.

The recall involves the Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On the ZL002 model, the 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.

Manufactured in China, and sold nationwide at children’s specialty stores and online at various retailers, the strollers cost between $150 and $160, according to a statement released by the safety commission.

Repair kits are being made available to owners of the specific models identified. Consumers are urged not to use the stroller and contact Kolcraft for more information on the recall.

Parents can visit this Kolcraft website for more information.

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U.S. Unit of Maclaren Strollers Files for Bankruptcy

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

The U.S. unit of the international stroller company Maclaren has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning that it intends to liquidate its assets in this country.  The move is the latest in a series of setbacks for the company, which in 2009 faced lawsuits from 12 families whose children had had fingers amputated by faulty hinges on foldable strollers.

The New York Times reports that among the creditors who are entitled to the liquidated assets are seven of the families who sued and were awarded settlements.  The company allegedly has $45,413 in assets and $15.9 million in liabilities.

Maclaren strollers remain for sale in many U.S. retail shops and online, and the international company remains in business.

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