The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with phil&teds USA, today announced a voluntary recall of about 29,200 jogging strollers because a consumer’s finger can become caught in the hinge mechanism, when folding and unfolding – posing amputation and laceration hazards.
phil&teds has received three reports of incidents resulting in injuries to the adult users including a finger tip amputation and two reports of lacerations.
This recall involves sport v2 and classic v1 model single-seat jogging strollers. The three-wheel strollers have a metal frame, cloth seat and a canopy. The sport v2 model stroller was sold in red, orange, green, black, charcoal, navy and in graffiti print. Sport v2 serial numbers included in the recall are 0308/0001 to 0510/0840. The classic v1 model strollers were only sold in red. Serial numbers for the classic v1 are 0308/0001 to 0510/0906. The first four digits of the serial number is a month/year date code and the last four digits are for the individual stroller. Serial numbers are printed on the inside of the folding hinge. The phil&teds logo is located on the crotch piece of the harness on both models.
Today, phil&teds sent out a letter to their customers. Here is an excerpt,
Firstly, we’d like to reiterate that both buggies are absolutely safe when used according to the instructions, and only the sport v2 and classic v1 models are affected (please see the information that follows for clarity on identifying affected products). We don?t yet know exactly how the incidents occurred, but either the frame lock is not engaged and the buggy unexpectedly unfolds; or the customer has a finger inserted in the hinge during unfolding.
Although the number of incidents is few – thank goodness – we?ve taken the decision to announce the recall to repair, which will take the shape of us making free hinge cover kits available to all sport v2 and classic v1 owners.
The kit consists of a simple plastic cover that can be slotted into place in an affected buggy?s hinge, preventing fingers being inadvertently placed in the hinge when a user is folding the buggy.
We are always seeking ways to improve the function and safety of products through our „continuous innovation programme?, and the resolution in this case is no different. We?re extremely proud of our safety record and proactive attitude to product improvement.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact phil&ted USA at (877) 432-1642 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company’s website at www.philandteds.com/support to arrange for the shipping of a free hinge-cover kit and repair instructions.
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