There are many parts of a stroller that could inflict an injury. In addition to hinges, restraints, locks, parking brakes and wheels, sharp edges found on the objects and problems with stability could pose a risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission between the years of 2008 and 2012, a total of 1,203 accidents involving defective strollers occurred. In 359 of those incidents, injuries resulted. Tragically, during that period of time four lives were lost. These numbers, at least in part, recently prompted the CPSC to issue new safety standards for the items.

The new standards, which were created after consulting with many different entities, primarily focus on testing portions of the stroller. Hinges, straps and cords will undergo new tests. These tests could reduce the number of amputations and strangulations that occur in the future.

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There is an expectation on the part of consumers who purchase goods that they will perform in the manner intended and not inflict any harm upon the user. When someone is injured however, it is possible that a products liability lawsuit could be filed by the person who was hurt, or his or her family. Financial compensation may make it easier to address the injuries or loss.

Source: Courthouse News Service, “Stricter Safety Tests Required for Strollers,” Jon Chown, March 13, 2014

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