Product Defects in Strollers and Child Carriers

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Strollers are among the most common child products and are a staple in millions of households across the United States. They are convenient and provide an easy way to transport young children while freeing a parent’s hand and arms. However, design and manufacturing defects can make certain strollers dangerous for children. Every year, many companies issue product recalls for defective child carriers such as strollers. Still, while they may prevent future child injuries, recalls typically happen only after many children have already suffered serious injury. If a stroller defect results in harm to your child, you could be entitled to compensation through a product liability claim.

All companies that produce consumer goods must take reasonable care to ensure their products are safe for their intended use. Companies that manufacture items for children, such as strollers, must therefore consider that children may not recognize obvious dangers and may be at risk for certain injuries that may not affect an adult. At Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., our child injury lawyers have the experience and resources necessary to fully investigate stroller defect cases. We can obtain information about any previous recalls and discover all liable parties. Using this evidence, we can represent your child’s interests and work to recover the compensation your family needs for medical care, future expenses and other damages.

What are the Possible Types of Baby Stroller Defects?

Like any product, a stroller may be dangerous due to design and/or manufacturing defects. For example, the design of the stroller includes sharp edges or hinges that can catch a child’s small finger. In other cases, the use of substandard materials can result in manufacturing defects that make the stroller toxic. Some of the most common baby stroller defects are:

  • Wheel defects
  • Structural defects causing collapse
  • Loose parts
  • Detachment of the carrier
  • Handlebar defects
  • Poor materials
  • Faulty harness closures
  • Instability in design or construction

Any of these product defects can result in serious child injuries or, in some cases, even wrongful death. In the past, companies like Graco, Maclaren, Dorel and others have issued product recalls for dangerous strollers. Among the most common reasons for these recalls is defects in the hinges of folding strollers, which can pose a risk to children and adults alike.

What Child Injuries May Result from Product Defects in Strollers?

Small children and infants may sustain injuries due to major defects in strollers, either due to negligence in design or manufacturing. Some common child injuries resulting from dangerous strollers include:

  • Choking due to loose parts
  • Brain injury from falls
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Internal injuries
  • Abrasions and serious lacerations
  • Fractures, especially of the limbs and fingers
  • Amputation, especially of fingertips
  • Injuries from strangulation due to faulty harnesses
  • Poisoning from toxic materials
  • Wrongful death

Even if a stroller causes serious child injuries, you may not know if product defects are to blame for the accident. An experienced child injury lawyer can advise you of your legal rights and discover whether you have grounds for a product liability claim.

Did a Stroller Harm Your Child? Call Our Philadelphia Child Injury Lawyers

If your child, or the child of a loved one, sustained serious or fatal injuries due to a stroller or child carrier, it is important to seek legal assistance. A child injury lawyer can advise you on your right to collect compensation for your child’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

We offer free initial consultations and contingency fee arrangements, so you pay nothing unless your case is successful. Contact our New Jersey and Pennsylvania law firm to schedule a free case review today.