Todson, of North Attleboro Mass., has recalled about 40,000 of its Topeak Babyseat II bicycle carrier seats, because a child can place his or her fingers in the opening at the grab bar's hinge mechanism, and when the grab bar is lifted to remove the child from the seat, the child's fingertips can be caught in the hinge mechanism, posing a laceration and fingertip amputation hazard.
Todson has received two reports of incidents including near amputations that resulted in stitches and a crushed finger.
The recalled Topeak Babyseat II bicycle carrier seats have the following model numbers: TCS2100, TCS2101 and TCS2102.
The model numbers are printed on the product's packaging, and "Topeak" is embossed on the back of the seat as well as printed on a black foam protector that covers the grab bar. A red locking lever on the side of the blue grab bar locks the bar into place.
The gray, plastic bicycle carrier seats were sold in three styles: Babyseat, Babyseat with disc brake compatible rack, and Babyseat with non-disc brake compatible rack. The racks are used to mount the seat to the bicycle.
The recalled carrier seats were sold for $140 to $180 at J&B Imports, REI, Action and Hawley, independent bicycle dealers, distributors and other retail stores nationwide, as well as at REI.com from January 2009 into the current month, April 2012.
You should immediately stop using the recalled carrier seats and contact Todson to receive a free retrofit kit for the hinge cover. For more information, call Todson at 800-250-3068, or visit www.todson.com.
A child bicycle seat is just one way to tote your child along on a bike ride, but there are also bike trailers and trailer cycles. Whichever you choose, make sure your child wears a helmet.
Todson Recalls Bicycle Child Carrier Seats Due to Laceration and Fingertip Amputation Hazards [CPSC]