The death of a six month old baby eight years ago, and another closely-averted tragedy two years later, set in motion a chain of events leading to the recall this month of hundreds of thousands of potentially dangerous strollers, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The strollers were finally recalled a few days ago “because children can become trapped and strangled between trays on them,” the news agency reports. The manufacturer, Peg Perego USA, issued a recall effecting “approximately 223,000 strollers, which include Venezia and Pliko-P3 strollers in various colors, made between January 2004 and September 2007.” The recall affects strollers with “a child tray and one cup holder.” Models with differing designs are not subject to the recall.
The article also notes the announcement of a much smaller recall (5,600 units) of strollers from another manufacturer: Kolcraft Enterprises. These are being pulled off of the market “due to potential falling and choking hazards,” the AP reports. The action stemmed from six reports of broken front caster wheels “and two reports of the basket’s support screws and nuts detaching.”
Here in Oregon, as elsewhere around the nation, few things trouble any parent as much as injuries to children. It is unfortunate but true that our legal system must often serve as a check on corporate behavior.
A Portland child injury attorney can offer families invaluable advice and support as they seek to cope with an unanticipated tragedy. It is important to remember that the ultimate purpose of our courts is the administration of justice. They lay a crucial role in leveling the playing field between ordinary citizens and powerful corporate interests, ensuring both that government regulators do their jobs and that money does not become an obstacle to doing the right thing.
AP via Yahoo News: Company recalls hundreds of thousands of strollers