Nearly every parent uses a stroller for his or her baby and depends on manufacturers to provide safe products that will not harm children. Unfortunately, strollers and other children’s products can be dangerous. Parents spend numerous hours researching products to prevent exposing a defective product to their child, yet such products may still be recalled after unknown dangers are discovered.
In 2006, a seven-month old baby girl in New York was almost strangled by one particular stroller. In response to the incident and others – including one death – the manufacturer of that stroller, Peg Perego, recently recalled an estimated 223,000 strollers. These strollers were reportedly made from January 2004 to September 2007.
Peg Perego explained that the strollers the company recalled were created before a voluntary industry standard was established. This standard specifies a certain height between the stroller’s tray and seat. Other manufacturers have recalled strollers due to other defective product concerns, such as falling and choking due to breakable parts that may detach.
Product liability law provides remedies for injuries resulting from defective products such as the strollers above. When a defective product harms a child, parents can file a product liability claim against those responsible for the defective product, which can include the manufacturer and the retailer. Defective product claims have been made for injuries due to improper materials of the product itself, insufficient warnings of the risks associated with the product or mishandling of the product from the manufacturer to the buyer. Children’s products are often recalled, and product liability claims can provide parents with compensation for expenses due to these dangerous products.
When children are exposed to a dangerous and defective product, manufacturers may recall the product long after reports of injuries and even death. Parents in New York should be aware of the possible dangers and recalls of children’s products to keep their children safe.
Source: New York Daily News, “Massive stroller recall: 223,000 Peg Perego strollers pulled because they can strangle kids,” July 25, 2012