If your child enjoys riding a Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo scooter sold by Jakks Pacific, please check to make sure their scooter isn’t among more than 162,000 recently recalled for a potential fall hazard.
The Killino Firm’s Child Injury Lawyers believe the victims of recalled products and preventable accidents are entitled to compensation for their pain and suffering. If your son or daughter was hurt while riding a recalled Morfboard scooter, call our law firm toll free at 877-875-2927 to speak with a top personal injury attorney and learn more about your legal rights.
Morfboard Scooter Accidents and Injuries
According to a notice posted at the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website on October 21, 2020 this recall involves around 162,300 Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo scooters with a “Y” handlebar that allows the skateboard to convert to a scooter.
Because of a defective joint, that handlebar could break while in use and cause a kid to fall. Jakks Pacific has received 18 reports of handlebars breaking, including one incident where a child fell and suffered a bloody nose.
Consumers should immediately take these recalled scooters away from children and contact Jakks Pacific for a replacement part. For more information, visit www.jakks.com and click on “Safety Notices” at the bottom of the page, or call 855-602-5464 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
How Do I Know if My Child’s Scooter was Recalled?
The recalled Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo scooters were sold at Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, Meijer, and BJ’s Wholesale Club stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and morfboard.com from February 2018 through August 2020. The scooters retailed for about $100 and came in a variety of colors, including cyan (blue), chartreuse (yellow), lava (red) and mint (green).
An 8-character alphanumeric manufacturing date code is located on the bottom side of each skate deck that is sold as part of the Skate & Scoot Combo. Only scooters with the following manufacturing date codes are included in the recall: 0049VE01, 0128VE01, 0238VE01, 0328VE01, 0598VE01, 0718VE01, 0878VE01, 1068VE01, 1168VE01, 1278VE01, 1458VE01, 1508VE01,1598VE01, 1858VE01, 2068VE01, 2328VE01, 2398VE01, 2478VE01, 2548VE01, 2508VE01, 2568VE01, 2958VE01, 3198VE01, 3258VE01, 3537VE01, 3628VE01.
Scooter Injuries and Kids
According to the CPSC, 240,000 kids received treatment at an emergency room somewhere in the United States during 2016. Around 27% were hurt while using riding toys, with scooters accounting for about 70% of those injuries.
Some of the most common scooter injuries include:
- Bone fractures to the lower and upper limbs, chest, and head
- Nerve, tendon, or ligament injuries
- Severe bleeding
- Serious organ damage
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
According to one recent study, only 3% of children injured while riding a scooter were wearing safety gear when they were hurt, even though 86% did own such equipment. Kids were also less likely to use safety equipment while scootering than other activities studied, including in-line skating, skateboarding, and bicycling.
Scooter Safety Tips for Children
To reduce the likelihood of scooter-related injuries, parents and caregivers should:
- Make sure kids wear a helmet that meets federal safety standards every time they ride a scooter. Take the time to ensure the helmet is fitted correctly and comfortably.
- Encourage their son or daughter to steer clear of motor vehicles when using a scooter. When a car or truck appears, they should step off the scooter and move to a safe area, such as a lawn, the sidewalk, or the side of the road.
- Have their child wear a brightly colored vest, shirt, or jacket whenever they’re out and about on a scooter. Drivers don’t expect scooters, and bright-colored clothing increases the odds they’ll see a kid in time to avoid an accident.
- Only allow kids to use their scooter during the day. Have them park their scooter once the sun goes down.
Contact an Experienced Child Injury Lawyer
Unfortunately, a defectively designed scooter can cause severe injury or death, even when your son or daughter takes all possible precautions.
As a top child injury attorney, Jeffrey Killino has the resources and knowledge to help injured victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve. If your child was hurt while using a recalled Morfboard Skate & Scoot Combo scooter or similar riding toy, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-877-875- 2927.