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Jogging Stroller Injuries Prompt Consumer Safety Suit

Jogging Stroller Injuries Prompt Consumer Safety Suit
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By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 09:34 AM

Jogging strollers responsible for at least 97 injuries prompted a consumer safety lawsuit against a South Carolina company, CBS News reported.

Since January 2012 there have been 200 complaints brought forth by customers claiming that the wheels from certain models of Britax Child Safety's B.O.B. jogging strollers were detaching.

Of the 97 reported injuries, 50 were inflicted upon children, with ailments ranging from concussions to abrasions to the head and face that required stitches, dental injuries, bone fractures and torn ligaments.

In light of this, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is suing the company in an effort to prevent more injuries from occurring.

According to CBS News, the CPSC brought forth a complaint that sought to halt sales of strollers that it had deemed as "a substantial risk of injury to children and adults."

Britax refused to recall or repair these strollers and the CPSC responded with a 3-1 vote to proceed with its complaint, the network said.

In a statement, Britax noted that there was "no defect" in its products, claiming that the front wheel detachments were not due to a product design defect but were occurring from an "improperly secured quick release mechanism and/or jogging with the swivel wheel unlocked."

Britax further noted that there were detailed instructions and videos available on the BOB gear website and in the user guide.

"At BOB Gear, safety is at our core. Everything we do is driven with a focus on a commitment to safety," said Sarah Tilton, director, consumer advocacy. "Our consumers are well-informed when it comes to the products they buy, and we trust them to use the product correctly."

However, CPSC argued that the front wheel of the stroller could suddenly detach and could cause the stroller to tip over and possibly inflict injury on both the adult operating the device as well as the child riding in it, CBS News noted.

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