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Child Product Safety Alert: Jogging Strollers Recalled

Jogging strollers allow parents to get some exercise while taking kids along for the ride. However, several products on the market could do more harm than good.

According to the U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Pacific Cycle is recalling its Instep and Schwinn swivel wheel jogging strollers because the front wheel can become loose and detach. The defect poses both crash and fall hazards.

The recall impacts 217,600 strollers. To date, Pacific Cycle has received 132 reports of the front wheel becoming loose or unstable, resulting in 215 injuries, including head injuries, sprains, lacerations, bumps, bruises, and abrasions.

For parents who are concerned that their strollers may be impacted, the recall involves Instep and Schwinn single and double occupant swivel wheel jogging strollers that have a quick release mechanism for removing and re-attaching the front wheel. The specific models of Instep Safari, Instep Grand Safari, Instep Flight, Schwinn Turismo and Schwinn Discover Single and Double Occupant Swivel jogging strollers that are affected can be found on the CPSC website. The model number is located on the inside of the metal frame above the rear right wheel.

The recalled jogging strollers were sold at small retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, Toys-R-Us.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers from January 2010 through June 2016. They cost between $130 and $350.

Given the risk of injury, the recall notice advises parents and caregivers to immediately stop using the recalled jogging strollers and contact Pacific Cycle to obtain a repair kit to secure the front wheel. The repair kit includes a replacement mechanism for securing the front wheel that uses a traditional screw on/off method of attachment instead of the quick release lever method of attachment shipped with the product, as well as new warning labels. Consumers should not return the jogging strollers to retailers where purchased. A repair video is available at www.pacific-cycle.com/safety-notices-recalls/.

If your child or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled or otherwise defective stroller or other children’s product, 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.