Consumer agency sues Britax over 'hazardous' strollers

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Consumer agency sues Britax over 'hazardous' strollers

Jogging strollers responsible for at least 97 injuries prompted a consumer safety lawsuit against a SC company, CBS News reported.

The Commission voted 3-1 to approve the filing of the complaint which seeks an order that stops Britax from distributing the strollers, notifies the public of the defect and offers consumers a remedy which may include a fix, replacement or refund.

Since January 2012 there have been 200 complaints brought forth by customers claiming that the wheels from certain models of Britax Child Safety's B.O.B. jogging strollers were detaching.

Over the years, children have suffered concussions and injuries to the face that required stitches and dental injuries, while adults have broken bones and torn ligaments due to the wheels detaching themselves from the stroller, according to the CPSC.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is filing a complaint against Britax after several reports of injuries from the B.O.B jogging stroller. The complaint seeks to make the company halt sales of strollers, and to notify the public and offer to fix, replace or refund the product.

The CPSC voted 3-1 to proceed with its complaint after Britax refused to recall or fix the strollers, which the agency said pose "a substantial risk of injury to children and adults".

The complaint states that an injury can occur when the quick release fails to secure the front wheel to the fork, resulting in sudden detachment during use. At least 50 children and 47 adults have been injured.

Britax defended its actions and products in a statement, saying the strollers are safe "when used as instructed". The company said that the front wheel detachments are not a defect in the design of the product. "CPSC wants to eliminate this functionality", Britax said in a statement released February 16. "We engineer our products to exceed the safety standards set by the federal government", Britax claims. The CPSC said that many of these are now available in second-hand stores.

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