Recalls this week: Kolcraft Countours strollers

Associated Press
This photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers, manufactured by Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago, that are being recalled because a child or consumer’s finger can become caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism which is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers. This presents an amputation and laceration hazard to children and the adults handling the stroller. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)
.

View photo

This photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers, manufactured by Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., of Chicago, that are being recalled because a child or consumer’s finger can become caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism which is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers. This presents an amputation and laceration hazard to children and the adults handling the stroller. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

A line of about 36,000 strollers were among products recalled this week. They pose a risk of finger amputation, with three reports of children losing fingertips due to the product's hinge mechanism.

STROLLERS

DETAILS: Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers with model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018. The strollers were sold from Jan. 2006 through June 2012.

WHY: A finger can get caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers. This presents an amputation and laceration hazard.

INCIDENTS: Five reports of injuries involving the hinge mechanism, including reports of three children whose fingertips were amputated and two adults whose fingers were either crushed or cut.

HOW MANY: About 36,000 in the U.S. and 270 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Call Kolcraft at 800-453-7673 or visit www.kolcraft.com

HELMETS

DETAILS: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging motorcyclists not to wear the 5X5 brand, SA-08 model motorcycle helmet, because it does not meet federal head protection requirements. The company declared bankruptcy before completing a government requested recall.

WHY: The helmets failed to meet penetration protection requirements. Both the outer shell and the inner liner in three out of four helmets were penetrated in safety tests.

INCIDENTS: The agency isn't aware of any deaths or injuries.

HOW MANY: Officials said as many as 14,000 of the helmets were imported and sold by Tank Sports Inc. of California.

ACTION URGED: The agency advises motorcyclists not to use the helmets and to discard them.

View Comments (0)