Consumer Product Safety Commission Sues Britax over Hazardous Jogging Strollers
CPSC alleges that certain models of the Britax B.O.B. jogging stroller present a substantial injury hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed an administrative complaint against Britax Child Safety, Inc. due to a serious product safety concern.
In the complaint, CPSC alleges that certain models of the Britax B.O.B. jogging stroller contain design defects that present a substantial injury hazard to stroller users.
CPSC authorized the issuance of the complaint after Britax declined to recall or repair the B.O.B. jogging strollers in question.
Reported Wheel Detachments
According to CPSC, consumers have reported wheel detachments involving the Britax B.O.B. stroller that have resulted in severe injuries to both children and adults.
Reported injuries sustained to children resulting from these stroller wheel detachments include a concussion, injuries to the head and face requiring stitches, dental injuries, contusions, and abrasions. Adults have suffered injuries including fractured bones, torn ligaments, contusions, and abrasions.
Serious Design Flaw
The CPSC complaint charges that the design of the strollers allows a consumer to use the stroller without the front wheel being properly secured. When the quick release fails to secure the front wheel to the fork, the front wheel can suddenly detach during use.
When the front wheel of the stroller detaches, the front fork can dig into the ground and cause the stroller to stop abruptly and tip over, posing a risk of serious injuries to children in the stroller and adults operating the stroller.
Dozens of Injuries Reported
Since January 2012, approximately 200 consumers have reported front wheel detachments while using the stroller, resulting in at least 97 injuries to children and adult consumers. At least 50 children and 47 adults have been injured, according to the complaint.
The CPSC complaint seeks, among other things, an order that Britax stop distributing various models of the B.O.B. jogging stroller, notify the public of the defect, and offer consumers a remedy which may include a repair, replacement, or refund.
Affected Britax B.O.B. Stroller Models
Britax imported and distributed about 493,000 single and double occupant B.O.B. jogging strollers from December 2011 through September 2015. Additionally, an undetermined number of these strollers were imported and distributed by B.O.B. Trailers, Inc. between 1997 and when the company was acquired and merged into Britax in December 2011.
The three-wheeled strollers include the following 17 models: Ironman, Ironman Duallie, Revolution, Revolution CE, Revolution Flex, Revolution Flex Duallie, Revolution Pro, Revolution Pro Duallie, Revolution SE, Revolution SE Demo, Revolution SE Duallie, Revolution SE Duallie Plus, Revolution SE Plus, Sport Utility Stroller, Stroller Strides, Stroller Strides Duallie, and SUS Duallie.