Just as the weather is getting nicer and more moms and dads are pulling out the strollers for jaunts around town, we've got bad news. A major stroller recall from kid product maker Kolcraft has just been released. Three children have actually had a fingertip amputated by the hinge of their carrier!
To protect kids and parents -- reports show adults have also been hurt by the contraptions -- Kolcraft has partnered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to pull 36,000 of their strollers off the streets. So what does that mean for parents? If you think your child's stroller is involved in the recall, here is what you need to know:
1. The recall does not apply to all Kolcraft strollers. Only the Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers are affected.
2. If your stroller is part of the recall, it will have one of the following model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, or ZL018. To find the number, check for a sticker above the left wheel or look for a label sewn into the edge of the back of the stroller seat pad. It will also have the date of manufacture, which was sometime between January 2006 and November 2009.
3. Although the strollers were manufactured several years ago, this recall does affect parents who made recent purchases. The affected strollers were on sale up until this month (prior to the recall) at major retailers including Amazon.com, Target, and ToysRUs.
4. The strollers should be put in the closet immediately rather than risking your child's fingers or your own. Kolcraft is issuing repair kits to parents who own affected strollers.
5. To get a free repair kit to cover the hinge, call the company at 800-453-7673 Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. (EST) to 6:45 p.m. or Friday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Does this stroller recall affect your family? What injuries have you sustained from your child's stroller?
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