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Child Product Safety Alert: Strollers Recalled Due to Fall Risk

As San Diego child injury lawyers, we want parents to be aware of a product safety recall involving 3,000 Mamas & Papas Armadillo Flip Strollers. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a loose latch on the stroller can cause the seat to tip back unexpectedly when an infant is in the parent-facing position. The defect poses a fall hazard to infants.

As we previously discussed on this blog, approximately 50 children a day are treated in hospital emergency rooms after suffering injuries in stroller or baby carrier accident. The majority of the injured children are under the age of one

Statistics show that most injuries occur when children fall out of strollers or when the strollers tip over. While some children are lucky to escape unscathed, a recent study found that 42 percent of children in stroller accidents who were treated in emergency rooms were found to have suffered a brain injury or concussion.

To date, Mamas & Papas has received 10 reports of seats tipping back. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. The defective strollers were sold at Albee Baby, Babies ‘R’ Us, Buy Buy Baby and other stores nationwide, as well as through online retailers such as The strollers were sold from December 2014 through July 2016 for between $500 and $550.

As described in the recall notice, all models of the Mamas & Papas’ Armadillo Flip and Armadillo Flip XT strollers are folding, single-occupant infant strollers. The strollers come in various colors including black, teal and navy and weigh about 22 pounds. Recalled items can be identified by their lot number, which is the month and year of manufacture. Lot numbers ranges for recalled Armadillo Flip strollers are 00814 through 00416 (August 2014 through April 2016). Lot number ranges for the Flip XT are 01214 through 00416 (December 2014 through April 2016). The lot number is printed on the sewn-in label on the stroller.

Given the serious risk of child injury, the CPSC advises that consumers should immediately stop using the strollers and contact Mamas & Papas for a free repair.

If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled or otherwise defective stroller, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.