Strollers and Bassinets Recalled for Fall and Entrapment Hazards
A Better You! Is recalling hundreds of strollers because they violate the federal stroller and carriage safety standard. According to a news report and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Belecoo strollers pose a strangulation hazard because a child could potentially fall through the opening between the activity tray and the seat bottom. The location of the stroller’s crotch restraint also creates a large opening between the restraint and the seat bottom, which can lead to a child falling through.
Details of the Recall
No injuries have been reported so far. The recalled strollers have a model number “535-S” printed on a label inside the rear frame. Parents and caregivers who have these products are urged to stop using the strollers and to contact them via email or by phone for a full refund.
The CPSC is also recalling 3,000 baby bassinets because children can either become trapped or fall out of them. The agency reports that the mattress support inside the DaVinci “Bailey” Bassinets could detach, potentially allowing the child to fall through or become trapped inside. DaVinci said the cribs were sold on various websites between August 2018 and September 2019.
The product was also recalled in December 2019. The bassinets associated with the most recent recall have a model number of “0934” and come in four colors. So far, DaVinci has received 13 reports of the mattress support becoming disengaged, even though no injuries have been reported. Parents are urged to stop using the bassinets and to contact DaVinci via email or by phone for a free repair kit.
Injuries and Liability Issues
According to the CPSC’s statistics, in 2018, there were an estimated 59,000 emergency department-treated injuries associated with nursery products among children under the age of 5. This translates to an injury rate of about 298 per 100,000 children under 5. High chairs, strollers, cribs/mattresses and infant carriers were associated with 66% of the total estimated injuries. Falls were the leading cause of injury and the head, followed by the face, was the body part injured most frequently. A diagnosis of internal organ injury, contusion/abrasion or laceration was associated with a majority of the injuries.
When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injuries or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights. Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well. An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases regarding their legal rights and options.