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Child Finger Injuries All Too Common Due to Defective Products

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Defective Products on Monday, April 16, 2012

Despite the high number of children who have had their fingers pinched, crushed and even cut off in children’s seats in recent years, some manufacturers still fail to take the safety of little hands into account. That is evident from the recall of a baby bicycle seat announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission the first week of April. Two children injured their fingers in the hinge of the seats’ grab bars as the bars were lifted to take the children out.

Such injuries are relatively common compared with other injuries to children that are perhaps more dramatic but no less painful or potentially permanent, according to the product safety director of the Consumer Federation of America. In recent years, the CPSC has ordered numerous recalls of items such as strollers, child seats and chairs that clip onto tables because of moveable parts that were not designed with tiny fingers in mind, said the executive director of Kids in Danger, another advocacy group.

Among the most serious instances of defective products injuring children’s fingers was a stroller made by Maclaren USA that was blamed for 12 finger amputations. Maclaren and three other stroller makers issued recalls in November 2009. But several of the defective strollers remained on the market, and by February of this year, another 37 amputation incidents were reported.

The most recent recall is for the Topeak Babyseat II, a bike seat sold at national sporting goods stores like REI and other retailers. The seats were sold between January 2009 and April. They have model numbers TCS2100, TCS2101 and TCS2102. Parents in St. Louis should stop using the seats until they receive a hinge cover kit, which is available by calling the distributor or contacting it at the link available in the article linked below.

Source: Washington Post, “Baby bicycle seats get recalled after 2 children suffer injuries to their fingers,” Dina ElBoghdady, April 6, 2012

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