Massive Stroller Recall Because of Danger Posed by Bursting Tires


June 29, 2013

When consumers buy a product they presume it will function in the manner intended and that it will be free of defects that may cause injury.  However, sometimes products pose hazards to consumers because of defects involved in the design or manufacturing process that produced the merchandise, or alternatively, consumers are put at-risk because the product lacks adequate warnings and instructions.  There are a fair number of recalls each year that involve consumer products like child safety restraint systems, strollers, cribs, playpens, toys and other products designed for infants, toddlers and kids.

A recall just announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) serves as a reminder to parents about the need to be vigilant regarding potential hazards associated with products they purchase for their kids.  Approximately 96,000 Jeep Liberty strollers have been recalled by Kolcraft®, the company that manufactured the strollers according to the CPSC.  The agency reports that the rubber inner tube on the tires of the stroller may rupture and cause pieces of the plastic rim to become flying projectiles.  The CPSC report announcing the recall indicates that it has been notified of eighteen people who have suffered injuries allegedly caused by the purported stroller defect.

The strollers subject to the recall were sold at a number of major retailers and online by Burlington Coat Factory, Toys R Us and Sears during the period of June 2010 to June 2013.  If you are trying to determine whether your stroller was covered by the recall, you should check for the following information according to the CPSC:

  • The word “Jeep” will appear on the front of the tray and side of the stroller.
  • The date the stroller was manufactured and model number can be found on a white tag on the upper middle of each seatback pad.  The model numbers included in the recall include JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035, JL035.
  • The stroller has an ignition key, shift level and steering wheel.

At the time of publishing the CPSC recall notice, there had been a total of 39 incidents of inner tubes rupturing which resulted in nineteen injuries.  Most of the incident occurred when the inner tubes were being inflated.  The injuries reported to this point include abrasions, laceration and contusions to the face, head and stomach, according to the CPSC. 

Consumers with one of the strollers included in the recall should contact the manufacturer for a set of replacement wheels free of charge.  If you or your child have been injured by a defective product, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. 

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Category: Personal Injury

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