When parents in Albany shop for their children, especially their newborns and infants, they make sure to pay careful attention to safety. Unlike adolescents and teenagers, young children do not always have the common sense to stay away from dangerous or hazardous things, which is why it is particularly important to only buy the safest of products. Sadly, many parents may buy something thinking it's safe, only to have to return it because of a nationwide recall.
Parents in upstate New York have yet another dangerous and defective product to replace after the manufacturers of two strollers recently issued a recall. Fortunately, there have not been any injuries reported, but that does not mean that these strollers don't still pose a risk to young children. It is entirely possible that a parent may not receive notification of the recall until his or her child is injured by the defective handle.
The specific problem with these strollers is that a button on the handle can unintentionally release the handle. This not only could cause a choking hazard, but it could also pose a falling risk. The manufacturer is asking for parents to immediately remove the carrying handle until it can be replaced.
There are certainly many products on the market that will pose a risk to children, but most of those products come with either sufficient warning labels or are clearly inappropriate to have around children. It is when manufacturers put dangerous or defective products on the market, however, that they become liable for injuries sustained from their products.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Bugaboo recalls strollers due to fall and choking hazards," Jan. 15, 2013
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