No one expects toy makers to totally childproof all of the toys that they want us to buy on Black Friday.
But the recent announcement that 5 million Graco and Century-branded baby strollers are dangerous and must be recalled seems outrageous. It turns out our kids are at risk before they even get their toys.
The baby strollers, made in China, are to be recalled because of the high risk that they can amputate a child’s fingers. At least 10 children have lost part of their fingertips because of an exposed folding hinge on its side.
The strollers at issue were manufactured between August 2000 to September 2014 and were sold at the usual big box retailers. The dangerous side hinges were found in the following models: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.
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Stories like these remind us of the importance of strong consumer laws, which demand that manufacturers build reasonably safe products.
Foolproof isn’t realistic, but it seems right that parents can expect that their babies’ fingers are safe from amputation inside their strollers.
Jordan Lewis, Miami