Nearly 4,000 baby walkers were recalled in March 2020 because of safety issues reported to the manufacturer and to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Baby walkers sold under the brand name Kids & Koalas on Amazon have been recalled because they don’t stop at the edge of steps or ledges, which poses a significant risk of falls for babies and toddlers.
Most babies and toddlers, at this point in their development, don’t have the coordination to prevent themselves from falling off a ledge, and without someone constantly monitoring them, they may get too close to a ledge and experience a fall that results in potentially serious injuries.
All product manufacturers, especially those that make toys for young children, are required to adhere to standards in what they manufacture, sell, and distribute. For products made for babies and young adults, certain product features and safety precautions are required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The commission advises all parents to dismantle and throw away all Kids & Koalas baby walkers immediately. The faulty products are too risky.
The recall also says that a baby or toddler can slip while inside the walker and their head can get caught on the harness. As of March 2020, there were no reported injuries to babies or toddlers made to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. While there are no injuries for this specific walker, other injuries involving walkers, strollers and other baby/toddler products have been reported to the CPSC.
Defective Strollers and Walkers
It’s estimated that 10,000 injuries involving strollers and walkers happen in the United States every year, according to the CPSC Nursery Product Report. This comes as many large brands of baby strollers in recent years have been recalled.
Sadly, a handful of those injuries lead to death. Between 2007 and 2013, 33 recalls were issued, according to the CPSC report, affecting nearly 6 million strollers. There were 5 deaths associated with those recalls.
By design, baby walkers are meant for babies and young toddlers that are just learning to walk. So, walkers need to be stable and have certain safety features as the young children are just starting to have consistent coordination in walking.
Were You Affected?
Kids & Koalas baby walkers were sold from September 2017 until July 2018, and they came in an assortment of colors (grey, black, green, pink, blue, and white) and had eight wheels. They also had the Kids & Koalas logo printed on the front of the tray and on the back of the seat. These baby walkers were sold for between $89 and $123 on Amazon.com, and were manufactured in China.
Parents can tell if their stroller is part of the recall by checking the model number on the bottom of the walker. All model X002 strollers are part of the recall.
Amazon is actively contacting anyone who purchased a Kids & Koalas baby stroller to notify them of the recall and to issue a refund, as well as communicating the recall guidelines that instruct parents or guardians to dismantle and dispose of the walkers.
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When you purchase something for your child, you trust that the company that made the product followed proper safety guidelines and procedures set by agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It’s off-putting to know that some companies’ products don’t meet safety guidelines, yet are still sold to unsuspecting families.
Companies that don’t follow proper guidelines should be held accountable, and recalls similar to this one should be in place so that no other child is hurt.
If your child got seriously injured while sitting in a Kids & Koalas stroller or walker, contact our firm today. We pursue cases on behalf of victims and their parents who have been harmed by recalled, defective products. We provide free consultations to clients in all 50 states, and we don’t get paid unless we get you a settlement.