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Recall of the Week: Kolcraft strollers due to finger amputation and laceration hazards

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By Rita R. Robison

Kolcraft Enterprises Inc. is recalling Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers, about 36,000 in the United States and 270 in Canada

A child or consumer’s finger can become caught in the opening formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism, which is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers, Kolcraft and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. This presents an amputation and laceration hazard to children and the adults handling the stroller.

Kolcraft and the commission have received five reports of injuries involving the hinge mechanism, including reports of three children whose fingertips were amputated and two adults whose fingers were either smashed or lacerated.

The recall involves Kolcraft Contours Options three- and four-wheeled strollers. Strollers included in the recall have model numbers starting with ZL002, ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018.

On the ZL002 model, the model number and date of manufacture is printed on a sticker above the left wheel. On the ZL005, ZL008, ZL015, and ZL018 models, the model number and date of manufacture are printed on a label sewn into the edge of back of the stroller seat pad.

The strollers were manufactured from January 2006 through November 2009 and sold in various color.

Manufactured in China, the strollers were sold at Juvenile product specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, Target.com, and ToysRUs.com from January 2006 and June 2012. The cost was $150 and $160.

Consumers should immediately stop using the strollers and contact the company to receive a free repair kit.

For additional information, contact Kolcraft at 800-453-7673 between 8 a.m. and 6:45 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.kolcraft.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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