Hundreds of umbrella strollers sold by several Ocean City, Maryland, retailers last year are being recalled after the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) determined the products pose a choking and fall hazard.
Our Child Injury Lawyers have successfully represented the victims of defective strollers and other recalled baby products, earning national recognition for their tireless pursuit of justice on behalf of injured children and their families.
Island Wear Umbrella Strollers Violate Federal Safety Standard
According to a notice posted to the CPSC website on June 10th, this recall involves around 940 umbrella strollers manufactured in China and imported to the United States from Island Wear. Inc., of Ocean City, Maryland.
“The recalled strollers violate the federal Carriages and Strollers Safety standard. The location of the restraint system creates a large gap between the restraint and the seat,” the Commission stated. “The child can slip through the gap, posing a fall hazard. In addition, the covering on the grab bar can detach and expose foam, posing a choking hazard to children.”
The recalled umbrella strollers featured a grab bar and footrest and were available in blue and multi-rainbow colors. They were sold at Paradise Island, Outrageous Outlet, and Grand Resort Wear in Ocean City from April 2019 through October 2019, where they retailed for around $20.
The CPSC is warning parents and caregivers to stop using the strollers and contact Island Wear for a refund, either via email at Islandwearoc@gmail.com or by calling 1-844-449-4144 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Baby Trend Tang Mini Stroller Recall
The Island Wear umbrella stroller recall comes roughly six months after the CPSC warned parents to stop using four models of Baby Trend’s black Tango Mini Stroller because the hinge joints can release and collapse under pressure, causing a child to fall.
The recalled Tango Mini Strollers were sold by Amazon.com and Target (both in stores and online at target.com) from October 2019 through November 2019, where they retailed between $100 and $120. Each of the strollers has a unique model number and colored bonnet top:
- Quartz Pink (Model Number ST31D09A)
- Sedona Gray (Model Number ST31D10A)
- Jet Black (Model Number ST31D11A)
- Purest Blue (Model Number ST31D03A)
Parents and caregivers who purchased one of the four Tango Mini Stroller models should contact Baby Trends for a refund or replacement by calling 1-800-328-7363 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday) or via email at email@example.com. For additional information, visit www.babytrend.com and click on “Safety Notices” at the bottom of the page.
Baby Stroller Safety Guidelines
In 2016 alone, roughly 10,000 child injuries requiring an emergency room visit resulted from defective strollers and baby carriages. According to the CPSC, an average of two children died per year from stroller-related injuries from 2012 through 2014.
Most stroller injuries are caused by falls or strangulation, while fatalities often occur when babies are left to sleep with the stroller’s backrest in the reclined position.
If you’re shopping for a baby stroller, look for products with easy to operate brakes, a brake release lever placed out of a child’s reach, and a wide base to prevent tip-overs. Side-by-side double strollers should have a single footrest extending across both sitting areas. Otherwise, a child’s tiny feet could become trapped between two separate footrests.
To prevent stroller accidents:
- Never leave a baby unattended in a stroller.
- Securely fasten any toys attached to the stroller’s bumper bar.
- Always buckle the stroller’s harness and seatbelt when taking your child for a ride.
- Engage the brakes whenever you stop the stroller.
- Store belongings in appropriate compartments. Hanging bags and other items from the grab bar could cause the stroller to tip over.
- Ensure the stroller is locked open before you put your child in it.
- To prevent small fingers from being caught in the hinges, always keep your baby away as you open and fold the stroller.
- Don’t let the stroller sit in the sun for long periods, as plastic and metal pieces could become too hot and burn your child. If it has been in the sun, check the surface temperature before placing your baby in the stroller.
- Frequently check the CPSC website for stroller recalls.
As a nationally recognized Recalled Baby Product Lawyer, Jeffrey Killino has extensive experience representing children harmed by dangerous strollers, cribs, and toys. If your son or daughter suffered an injury from a defective product, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-877-875- 2927.