36,000 Kolcraft Contours strollers recalled due to amputation and laceration hazard

    Consumer Reports News: June 14, 2012 01:38 PM

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    Kolcraft Enterprises of Chicago has recalled about 36,000 of its Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers in the U.S., because a child's or adult's finger can be caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism that adjusts the handlebars, presenting an amputation and laceration hazard.

    Kolcraft and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have received five reports of injuries involving the hinge mechanism, including three of children whose fingertips were amputated and two adults whose fingers were lacerated or smashed.

    Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015 and ZL018. On the ZL002 model, the model 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 the stroller seat pad on the back. The strollers were manufactured from January 2006 through November 2009 and sold in various color schemes.

    The recalled strollers were sold at juvenile product specialty stores nationwide and at Amazon.com, Target.com and ToysRUs.com for $150 and $160 from January 2006 and June 2012. The strollers were sold in various color schemes. Kolcraft also recalled 270 of the strollers in Canada.

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    If you own a recalled stroller, stop using it and contact Kolcraft for a free repair kit. For more information, call Kolcraft at 800-453-7673 (8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday, and until 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday), or go to the company's recall page.

    We have not rated the single-seat version of this Kolcraft Contours Options but have rated the tandem version, which is not included in this recall. In 2010, several manufacturers recalled more than 2.5 million strollers due to amputation hazards. For buying advice and safety tips, refer to our strollers buying guide and read Stroller hinges: A closer look at the standards and Register purchases to protect your child's safety.

    Other recent stroller recalls:

    Kelty jogging strollers recalled for risk of falls and injuries
    Manufacturer recalls Bumbleride Indie and Indie Twin strollers
    Recall: Chariot bicycle trailers and conversion kits--Injury hazard
    Recall: Bugaboo Bee Strollers for locking wheels that pose a fall danger

    Source:
    Strollers Recalled by Kolcraft Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards [CPSC]

    Maggie Shader

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