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Strollers and Carriers Injure Two Children Every Hour

Parents of young children rely on strollers and carriers to transport their children safely while on the go. However, these products are linked to more injuries than many would expect. According to a new study, carrier and stroller injuries send two children to the emergency room every hour.

The study, conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, analyzed injuries associated with stroller and wearable carriers in the U.S. between 1990-2010 using data collected by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). The results are concerning. As Reuters reports, 360,937 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments for stroller- or carrier-related injuries during the 20-year time frame.

While the majority of injuries involved bumps and bruises, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) comprised 25 percent of stroller-related injuries and 35 percent of carrier-related injuries. "The majority of injuries we saw were head injuries which is scary considering the fact that traumatic brain injuries and concussions in young children may have long-term consequences on cognitive development," stated study author Kristi Roberts, research associate in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's.

To help children stay safe, the researchers remind parents to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using strollers and carriers. It is also important to stay on top of product recalls. From 2007 to 2013, there were 33 stroller recalls totaling nearly 6 million units and involving 5 deaths.

"While the number of overall injuries from strollers and carriers did go down during the 21 years we looked at in our study, it is still unacceptably high. The updates to voluntary manufacturer standards and frequent product recalls in recent years have been a good first step, but the large number of injuries we are still seeing shows we need to do more," Roberts stated.

If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled or otherwise defective stroller or carrier, 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.