City Versa Stroller and Dunecraft Toy Recalls

In light of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., we at the Child Injury Firm want to extend our condolences and sympathies to all the families affected.

Never before has the safety of a child been on the minds of Americans more than in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting. In situations where a child’s well being is concerned, knowledge is power in the hands of a parent. We want to take this opportunity to inform you of some recalls that could effect your child’s safety.

 Baby Jogger City Versa Stroller

Approximately 10,600 Baby Jogger City Versa Strollers have been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada due to faulty locking mechanism.

According to the recall,  the lock that secures the stroller’s frame can fail, thus creating a fall hazard for the child in the stroller.

The strollers included in the recall were manufactured between May 15, 2012 and Aug. 20, 2012, and sold at several childhood product stores, including BuyBuy Baby, diapers.com, albeebaby.com, and others from July through October, 2012. To determine if your model is included in the recall, look for the manufacture date on the unit’s black plastic side hinge, located below the names “City Versa” and “Baby Jogger.” The stroller’s frame is charcoal grey, with red, green, silver, or black seats and canopies.

If you own this unit, please stop using immediately and contact the manufacturer for a replacement frame at (877) 506-2213, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time, at www.babyjogger.com, or via e-mail at recall@babyjogger.com

Dunecraft Water Balz, Skills, Orbs, and Flowers

Also recalled this week is Ohio-based Dunecraft’s line of Water Balz, Growing Skulls, H20 “Despicable Me” Orbs, and Fabulous Flowers toys. The voluntary recall removes 94,700 units in the United States and 600 in Canada from the shelves of retailers in response to a report of an 8-month-old girl in Texas who swallowed a Water Balz toy. The unit caused an intestinal obstruction and surgery was required to remove it.

According to the CPSC, the toys absorb water and expand within the body, potentially causing vomiting, blockages, discomfort, and if untreated, death. The units are not visible via x-ray and require surgical removal.

The units included in the recall were sold in packs of six in the following colors: yellow, green, red, black, and blue. The model numbers are listed below:

  • Water Balz – BC-0338
  • Growing Skulls – BC-0320
  • H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” – DM-0447
  • Fabulous Flowers – BC-0440

The toys were sold at a variety of retailers, including Hobby Lobby, Bed Bath & Beyond, Microcenter, Wegmans, Urban Outfitters direct, amazin.com, Americantoystores, Universal Studies, Milaeger’s, and other stores and websites. The units included in the recall were sold Sept.-Nov. 2012 (Water Balz and Growing Skulls); June 2012 (H20 Orbs “Despicable Me”); and June 2012-Nov. 2012 (Fabulous Flowers).

If you own one of these toys, immediately discard the toy and contact the manufacturer for a free replacement at (800) 306-4168 or at www.dunecraft.com.

Where to turn when a toy becomes a threat

If your child was injured because of a faulty or dangerous toy, you need an experienced attorney familiar with recalls and how they impact your child’s safety.  To discuss your case with a child injury attorney who will advocate for your child in court, contact Jeffrey Killino.

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