Strollers are supposed to keep your child safe. However, many fold-up strollers have hinges that can amputate an infant’s fingertips, break their fingers, or cause severe lacerations and other injuries. Infants continue to strangle to death after getting stuck between the tray and seat-bottom.
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UPDATE: 149,000 Mockingbird Strollers Recalled After 8 Injuries Reported
In November 2022, Mockingbird recalled about 149,000 Single-to-Double Strollers because the frame can crack or break. There were 138 reports of the frame breaking, including 8 children who fell out of the stroller and suffered cuts, scratches, or bruises. The recalled strollers were sold nationwide at Target and online from March 2020 to September 2022.
Stroller Safety Hazards
Since 2012, millions of strollers have been recalled for the following types of safety hazards:
- Finger or fingertip amputation
- Laceration, amputation, or broken fingers in hinges
- Entrapment and strangulation between tray and seat-bottom
- Tires can rupture
- Children falling out when the stroller breaks or tips over
- Handle can break, posing a fall hazard for child
- Frame may fail to lock, causing the stroller to collapse while in use
- Small parts may pose a choking hazard
- Broken wheels may cause stroller to tip-over
- Wheels lock, causing stroller to tip-over
- Roll-away hazards
- Harness locking and release mechanism fails
- Stroller frame cracks or breaks
- And more
Finger Amputation Hazards of Strollers
In recent years, thousands of strollers have been recalled after children tragically had their finger or fingertip cut off in the brakes, hinges, or other moving parts of a stroller. These finger amputations are traumatizing and leave a child with lifelong disability.
For example, more than 14,000 UPPAbaby jogging strollers were recalled for fingertip amputations after children got their fingers stuck in the disc brakes.
In November 2014, Graco recalled more than 5 million fold-up strollers after 11 reports of finger injuries, including amputations in the hinges on either side of the seat There were “six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration.”
Stroller Entrapment and Strangulation Hazard
Infants under 12 months old are vulnerable to entrapment and strangulation if they are not harnessed in the stroller. Infants can squeeze through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but the head and/or neck can get stuck under the tray. This can lead to strangulation and death.
In January 2008, the stroller industry voluntarily required larger openings between the tray and seat bottom to prevent entrapment and strangulation. Strollers made before this date could potentially pose a safety hazard.
UPPAbaby Jogging Strollers Recalled After Child’s Finger Amputated
In September 2021, more than 14,000 UPPAbaby All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Strollers were recalled after a child’s fingertip was amputated in the rear disc brakes. The child was not sitting in the seat when the stroller was in use, and may have been using a ride-along board accessory. The recalled strollers were sold between October 2021 and August 2022.
Britax Stroller Recalled for Fall Hazard
February 17, 2017 — Britax has issued a recall for 676,000 travel strollers with car seat attachments. There were 33 reports of the car seat falling off unexpectedly and hitting the ground, resulting in 26 injuries to children. The recall involves “Click & Go” B-Agile and BOB Motion travel strollers.
Safety 1st Step-and-Go Travel System
August 25, 2016 — Dorel Juvenile is recalling about 20,000 Safety 1st baby strollers due to a fall hazard. The problem is that the tray-folding mechanism can partly disengage on one side when an infant carrier is attached to the stroller. Click here to read more.
Jogging Strollers Recalled After 200+ Crash Injuries
July 2016 — Pacific Cycle has issued a recall for 217,600 jogging strollers because the front wheel can loosen and fall off. The company has received 215 reports of injuries, including head injuries, sprains, lacerations, bumps, bruises, and abrasions. The problem is a quick-release lever on the swivel-wheel on the front of the stroller. Click here to read more.
Recalled jogging stroller models include:
- Instep Safari
- Instep Grand Safari
- Instep Flight
- Schwinn Turismo
- Schwinn Discover Single
- Double Occupant Swivel
71K UPPAbabyStrollers Recalled for Choking Hazard
July 24, 2015 — A recall has been issued for 71,000 strollers made by UPPAbaby (Cruz, Vista, and RumbleSeat) because the foam bumper bar poses a choking hazard. The manufacturer has received 22 reports of “children biting off a piece of the bumper bar foam.” No children have been injured. Click here to read more.
Graco Recalls 5 Million Strollers for Finger Amputation Risk
November 2014 — After receiving 11 reports of finger injuries, including amputations, Graco has recalled 5 million strollers. Click here to read more.
The problem is that the fold-up strollers have hinges on each side. If the hinges are not locked, they can pinch a child’s fingers, posing a laceration and amputation risk:
“Graco has received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration.”
If you must use the stroller before a repair kit arrives, exercise extreme caution — do not put your child in the stroller unless you are absolutely sure the side-hinges are fully locked. If the stroller starts folding up with the child inside, remove the child immediately and keep their fingers away from the hinges.
More Strollers Recalled for Finger Amputation Risk
- November 2009 — Maclaren recalled about 1 million strollers after receiving 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the fold-up hinges.
- January 2014 — Britax recalled about 225,000 strollers because the hinge on the folding mechanism can amputate fingers. They have received eight reports of finger injuries, including one partial fingertip amputation, one broken finger, and severe lacerations.
Peg Perego Stroller Recall After Infant Death
July 2012 — Peg Perego recalled about 223,000 strollers due to the risk of entrapment and strangulation. The recall was issued after a 6 month-old boy from Tarzana, California died after his head was trapped between the seat and tray of his stroller in 2004. In 2006, a 7 month-old girl in New York nearly strangled when the same type of incident occurred. Click here to read more.
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