RECALL ALERT: BUMBLERIDE INDIE AND INDIE TWIN STROLLERS
On February 2, 2012, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Bumbleride, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of the popular Indie and Indie Twin Strollers. The recall was prompted due to the presence of a serious safety concern with the front wheels on certain Indie and Indie Twin models. The front wheels have been prone to crack or break at the central axle hub, and have resulted in numerous incidents of Indie strollers tipping and posing a fall hazard to young children. Some incidents have resulted in injuries to children.
The Indie and Indie Twin Strollers affected by this recall were manufactured between January 2009 and August 2011, and sold at Buy Buy Baby and other retailers in the United States and Canada for approximately $500 to $700. It is estimated by Bumbleride that over 30,000 strollers are affected by this recall. If you own an Indie stroller, here is what you need to know:
- Stop using the stroller.
- Check the date of manufacture (DOM) of your stroller. The DOM can be found on a while rectangular sticker attached to the either side of the seat frame or the underside of the handle on the stroller.
- If your stroller was manufactured during the time frame listed above, you should contact Bumbleride immediately. Bumbleride can be contacted online at http://www.support.bumbleride.com/strollers/support.php/, by phone at 800-530-3930 or by email at [email protected].
Bumbleride will send consumers a wheel retrofit kit that can be installed on affected strollers. Bumbleride claims that the wheel retrofit kit significantly increases the strength of the wheel and does not break under similar force when compared to the original plastic axle.
Bumbleride should be applauded for recalling this stroller before any other children are injured. However, as a parent, consumer safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers continue to sell unsafe products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products. Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safetybeforethe launch of a product.
It should not take a child injury or death for a manufacturer to make a product safe.