Why Some Strollers Are Dangerous for Children

by Terry Bryant

By their nature, products which are designed for use with small children come with greater expectations of safety in both their design and manufacture. Because they are more physically vulnerable than adults and older children, infants and toddlers can be more seriously injured when a defective product injures them during normal use, even though it was specifically developed for their age group.

Sometimes manufacturers do not have effective quality control measures that reflect their duty of care.  Many strollers made for babies have been subjected to recalls for design and manufacturing problems. Sometimes manufacturers failed to warn of preventable hazards. Some of the typical defective stroller problems have included:

  • Faulty brakes
  • Faulty design of locking mechanisms
  • Top-heavy designs that lead to tip-overs
  • Ineffective or poorly designed restraints.

Consider the Jané Muum Stroller

In late May 2018, about 800 Jané Muum Strollers were recalled by their manufacturer. Even if properly assembled, a design flaw can allow an unharnessed child to pass through an opening between the stroller seat and restraining armrest bar. The danger with this design flaw is that it could allow the child’s neck to become trapped by the armrest. The strollers were sold in many popular retail outlets, and on Amazon, from July 2016 through August 2017 for $300 to $450.

Though the manufacturer no longer sells this product in the U.S., it offers a free replacement bar/armrest. If you have one of the model numbers in question, contact Jané Muum through the web link and they will send a replacement. Until then, Consumer Union’s Consumer Reports recommends that the armrest be removed and secure your child with the 5-point harness – properly adjusted to fit.

When Consumer Reports performed what is called a “passive containment test” on nearly 90 strollers, the Jané Muum was the only one which failed this test, confirming the dangers of the product. So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported.

This recall underscores the need to register such baby gear with the manufacturer; that way, if there is a problem, you can be advised the moment the company notifies its customers.

“We strongly recommend that consumers register baby and children’s products at the time of purchase for exactly this reason,” says Don Huber, Director of Product Safety for Consumer Reports.

If your toddler or infant has been injured by any product you believe is defective, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law will be happy to answer your questions and evaluate your potential product liability claim.