The Consumer Product Safety Commission signed a new federal regulation into effect recently to help improve the safety of children’s carriages and strollers. There are some distinct differences between strollers and carriages. A stroller is a wheeled vehicle used to transport children up to 36 months. Children can either sit-up or be semi-reclined while somebody pushes the stroller’s handle. Carriages, however, transport an infant while the child is lying down in the device. Both carriages and strollers affected by the new regulations include the full-size 2D strollers which fold in front-to-back, or back to-front and 3D strollers that fold in front-to-back. They also include side-to-side, travel systems such as car seats, tandem side-by-side, multi-occupant, as well as jogging strollers. The new regulations include most voluntary standards developed by ASTM International. The Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Carriages and Strollers was created as well as a modified approach to head entrapment dangers using multi-positional/adjustable grab bars. The new safety standard helps manage hazards linked with strollers that are most associated with strollers. The many hazards include hinge problems that result in pinched or amputated fingers, broken wheels, parking brake issues, problems with locking mechanism, restraint problems, structural integrity, as well as stability issues.
As of now, the CPSC has received around 1,300 reports of stroller issues between January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2013. Four cases included one fatality. Many customers who aren’t satisfied with the strollers they purchased have reported their issues with ConsumerAffairs. One of those customers said they purchased the EvenFlo Discovery Travel System for their daughter so it could be easier to take her from the vehicle into the stroller. After purchasing the stroller, its wheels fell off constantly while putting the stroller away, and the wheels also fell off while the customer was lifting the stroller onto the curb. In another instance, a mother was pushing her 10-month-old in a stroller purchased at Costco when the stroller broke. The daughter was sitting inside and her hand became caught in the stroller. Her hand was lacerated and she was hospitalized for injuries. She was glad the injury wasn’t more serious. Consumers hope the new regulations will help resolve many problems experienced by customers with strollers that could lead to injuries children. Strollers must be kept as safe as possible in order for children to stay safe, and the new federal standards show federal safety authorities are working to improve the safety of children in the US, according to news reports.