Consumer safety commission files complaint against stroller company
Late last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint against Britax Child Safety, Inc., alleging that certain models of their B.O.B. jogging stroller contain dangerous defects.
Namely, the complaint charges the strollers’ wheels can detach, resulting in injuries to children and adults. According to the CPSC, children have suffered injuries including a concussion, injuries to the head and face requiring stitches, dental injuries, contusions and abrasions. Adults have been hurt, too, sustaining such injuries as bone fractures, torn ligaments, cuts and bruises.
The CPSC charges that Britax declined to recall or repair the strollers. According to a release from the commission, its staff “seeks a finding that the strollers present a substantial product hazard and an order that Britax provide the remedies outlined in the complaint to stop further incidents and injuries to the public.”
Britax imported and distributed about 493,000 single and double occupant B.O.B. jogging strollers from December 2011 through September 2015. The three-wheeled strollers include the following 17 models: Ironman, Ironman Duallie, Revolution, Revolution CE, Revolution Flex, Revolution Flex Duallie, Revolution Pro, Revolution Pro Duallie, Revolution SE, Revolution SE Demo, Revolution SE Duallie, Revolution SE Duallie Plus, Revolution SE Plus, Sport Utility Stroller, Stroller Strides, Stroller Strides Duallie and SUS Duallie.
The complaint charges that the design of the strollers allows a consumer to use the stroller without the front wheel being properly secured. When the quick release fails to secure the front wheel to the fork, the front wheel can suddenly detach during use.
When the front wheel of the stroller detaches, the front fork can dig into the ground, causing the stroller to stop abruptly and tip over. Since January 2012, about 200 consumers have reported front wheel detachments while using the stroller. At least 50 children and 47 adults have been injured.
The commission voted 3-1 to approve the filing of the complaint which seeks, among other things, an order that the firm stop distributing various models of the Strollers identified above, notify the public of the defect and offer consumers a remedy which may include a repair, replacement, or refund as plead in the complaint.