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The Cpsc Responds To Serious Stroller Safety Concerns

They seem to be everywhere. One can see them easily on jogging trails and in shopping malls, on sidewalks and in public parks. Strollers are nearly as ubiquitous as babies themselves. These objects help parents to give their children a portable place to play, sleep and observe the world. Unfortunately, many stroller models are increasingly being classified as dangerous or defective products.

From 2008 to 2012 alone, at least four babies died and at least 350 were injured in stroller accidents. These rolling seats are meant to be a safe place for infants, babies and toddlers to rest and play. The number of injuries associated with these products is simply unacceptable.

In response to the significant number of unsafe strollers currently rolling their way onto the market, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has taken action to keep babies safer than they are now. Last month, the CPSC unanimously voted to notify the public via the Federal Register that it desires to create a stroller safety standard at the federal level. Before the commission can create such rules, it must generally seek public comment.

The CPSC has already published a voluntary safety standard for stroller manufacturers. The newly proposed standard would make that voluntary standard mandatory. It would also require manufacturers to address pinching, scissoring and shearing dangers if they produce strollers that fold up.

Until this standard is adopted and goes into effect, infants and toddlers will face an increased risk of stroller accidents. Any parents who have suffered while watching their child become injured in one of these seats should consider contacting an experienced personal injury attorney who can help to hold negligent manufacturers responsible for that injury.

Source: Sacramento Bee, “CPSC Approves Proposed Rule Aimed at Making Strollers Safer,” CPSC, May 10, 2013