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No Free Ride: CPSC Recalls Britax Folding Strollers

Parents and caregivers will surely be aware by this time that folding strollers can pose a risk to children's fingers when being opened or closed. However, the CPSC has announced one more voluntary stroller recall, as of February 10, in conjunction with Britax Child Safety, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C.

The strollers under recall are the Britax “Blink” single Umbrella Strollers. As with the other folding strollers recalled, the Britax stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. As of this time, no incidents have been reported.

The Blink models under recall are as follows: U261813, U261814, U261815, U261816, U261817, U271813, U271817 and U271815. The strollers were manufactured between May 2009 and September 2009. The model number and manufacturing date can be found on a white label on the stroller frame, near the bottom of the stroller basket. In addition, “Blink” is printed on the metal frame on both sides of the stroller, below the hand grips.

The strollers were sold at Buy Buy Baby and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada and on the Web at www.Amazon.com, www.babiesrus.com, www.Target.com and www.Diapers.com from July 2009 through February 2010 for about $150.

The CPSC asks that consumers immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Britax to receive free stroller hinge covers. More information from Britax can be found by calling the Britax company toll-free at (888) 427-4829 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or on the firm’s website at www.BlinkRecall.com.

This recall is in effect in Canada as well. Information can be found on Health Canada’s press release, at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=971.

For the full text of the CPSC announcement, go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10137.html.

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