CPSC Under Fire for Settling with Stroller Manufacturer Instead of Forcing Recall
Jané has issued a product defect recall for hundreds of its Muum strollers because the stroller’s design allows an unharnessed child to pass through the opening between the stroller seat and armrest posing a strangulation and entrapment hazard. According to Consumer Reports, the recall for 800 strollers comes six months after Consumer Reports discovered the potential hazard during the course of testing. Consumer Reports at the time notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the manufacturer and gave the product a rating of “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk.”
Consumer Reports Test Showed Defect
The recall was thankfully issued before there were any reports of injuries or incidents. Consumer Reports has applauded Jané for taking their findings seriously and working with CPSC to issue the recall in a timely manner. The recalled strollers reportedly have a black frame, a reclining seat or hammock that is reversible and a hood. An insert is sold with the stroller for smaller babies.
There is also a basket for storage under the stroller seat. The gap between the seat and armrest could allow a child’s neck to become trapped by the armrest. The strollers were sold by Albee Baby, Baby World, Toys R Us, Dainty Baby, USA Baby stores and online at Amazon.com an other website from July 2016 through August 2017 for between $300 and $450. If you own these strollers, stop using it and contact the company for a free repair kit, which consists of a free replacement armrest.
Importance of Registering Products
Consumer Reports points out that this type of recall emphasizes the importance of registering baby gear with the manufacturer. The best time to register children’s products is at the time of purchase. When you do that, manufacturers have the information they need to contact consumers directly when a product is recalled. Also, the recall underscores the danger of buying baby products used without a product registration card. Even if the product’s owner had registered the stroller, high chair or other product, the manufacturer will have no way of contacting a current owner who likely bought it at a thrift store, yard sale or in an online marketplace such as Craigslist.
If a defective product has injured your child, please understand that you have legal rights. You may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses and pain and suffering. In some cases, you may also be able to seek punitive damages. There are situations where you may be able file a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective product as well. An experienced product defect lawyer can help you assess your options.