Hugh Pickens writes writes: "CBS News reports that three children have accidentally chopped off a fingertip because of a fault with their stroller and two adults have reported smashing or cutting their fingers after they got a finger jammed in a hinge mechanism used to adjust handlebars on Kolcraft Contours Options products. The recall is similar to a recall of 1 million Maclaren strollers that was reissued last year after at least 37 more children have injured since the recall, including five who lose their fingertips, the US. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The Maclaren recall highlights the continuing problem of consumers using strollers for an extended period of time, including buying them secondhand where it is typically harder to know a product has been recalled since the date of original purchase isn't usually known and the owner is less likely to know model numbers and place of purchase. The CPSC also says it knows of 30 deaths since 1980 of a child to getting trapped between a stroller's tray or grab bar and the seat bottom. The original recall was a nightmare for Maclaren. "Given the higher order of sensitivity, parents are much more diligent, They want to talk to friends, family and even strangers about their decisions. They'll go the extra distance." says Pete Blackshaw, a brand consultant for Nielsen Online adding that new mothers are three times more likely than others to use social media and start blogs. "Anything relative to child safety tends to be off-the-charts viral.""
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