Since 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received far too many safety complaints regarding strollers. Over the last five years, we have had 1,300 incidents of stroller malfunction. Fourteen of those cases required hospitalization, 391 children were injured, and four even died.
The CPSC has approved a new federal mandatory standard intended to improve the safety of infant and children carriages and strollers. The commission’s vote was unanimous and the standard will affect all strollers manufactured after September 2015. Not only does the commission expect these changes to significantly reduce the number of injuries associated with strollers, but it should also dramatically cut back on the number of recalls.
The new standard includes all types of carriages (for infants who lie down) and strollers (for children who sit up), including those that fold together, travel systems (with car seat attachments), multi-occupant devices, and jogging strollers. The standard addresses hazards associated with the following issues:
- Hinges that pinch and cut fingers
- Parking brake failures
- Broken wheels
- Stability and structural integrity
- Faulty restraints (seat belts)
- Locking mechanism issues
You can ensure the safety of your child while using your stroller following these easy steps.
1. Test the stroller’s stability. Hang heavy bags on different sides to make sure it doesn’t fall over. Test the wheel locks on hills to learn how strong they are.
2. Use the right stroller. If you’re taking a jog, you must use a jogging stroller with a stronger frame and larger tires. If you have multiple children, don’t place them in a single seat; use a multi-occupancy stroller.
3. Use the safety features. Use the buckle, wheel locks, sun shade, and any other safety feature that’s available. They are there for a reason.
4. Mind the weight guide. These guidelines will include a maximum and minimum weight. Always make sure your baby is within the weight range.
5. Never leave it unattended.You can prevent most stroller accidents by being present and aware. If you aren’t watching, your baby could unbuckle himself or herself, tip it over, or scoot it somewhere unsafe. Something could bump the stroller and send it rolling. You can’t practice stroller safety if you aren’t there.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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