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Info Campaign to Settle Substantial Product Hazard Charges for Certain Strollers

Monday, November 26, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that a U.S. stroller manufacturer has agreed to develop and launch a robust and intensive information campaign to resolve charges that certain models of its jogging strollers contain a defect and present a substantial product hazard because the quick release on the front wheel of the strollers can fail to secure the front wheel to the fork, allowing the front wheel to detach suddenly during use.

The information campaign will include an instructional video demonstrating how to safely and correctly operate the quick release on the front wheel of the strollers. Eligible consumers in the U.S. will be offered incentives to promote the effectiveness of the information campaign, including a free modified thru-bolt or a free modified quick release that can be installed on strollers manufactured between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2015, or a 20 percent discount towards the purchase of a new BOB Gear stroller. All other consumers who own strollers manufactured before Sept. 30, 2015, and who participate in the campaign will be offered a 20 percent discount towards the purchase of a new BOB Gear stroller or, if eligible, other incentives.

The consent agreement was opposed by two of the five CPSC commissioners, who contend the deal explicitly rejects characterizing the corrective action plan as a recall pursuant to section 15 of the Consumer Product Safety Act and limits full benefits to all purchasers of the allegedly hazardous products without explanation.

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