Children and parents have suffered serious injuries thanks to an allegedly defective BOB jogging stroller. Concerns about the Britax stroller were strong enough that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) called for a BOB stroller recall, but that Britax stroller recall ultimately did not occur.
Regardless of the recall not occurring, injuries such as the ones sustained by parents and children when their BOB stroller failed are unacceptable and potentially dangerous. Parents and children have a right to feel safe with the stroller of their choosing and to trust that the stroller will not spontaneously break, causing potentially serious injuries.
CPSC Received 200 Reports of BOB Stroller Failure
According to The Washington Post, from 2012 to 2018, the CPSC received reports of 200 BOB jogging stroller failures. Those failures involved the front wheel, which is attached to the stroller via a quick-release lever. The wheel can reportedly detach from the stroller, causing the stroller to tip over and resulting in the child hitting their head. Often these accidents happen while the adult is jogging, making it difficult to react to the wheel failure in time to prevent injury.
In all, almost 100 adults and children suffered injuries, some of them serious.
Reported injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Torn ligaments
- Smashed teeth
- Severe cuts
The CPSC spent a year studying issues with the BOB stroller and determined that there was a possibility of children suffering life-threatening injuries if the stroller’s front wheel detached. As a result, the CPSC decided in 2017 to issue a BOB jogging stroller recall.
Britax BOB Stroller Lawsuit
The BOB running stroller is made by Britax Child Safety. Britax refused to recall its product in 2017, saying the strollers were safe when used as directed. Despite the CPSC filing a suit in 2018 to force the recall, Britax fought back.
The CPSC’s lawsuit alleged Britax repeatedly failed to disclose reports of Britax running stroller breakages to officials, which stopped the CPSC from taking action on the situation sooner. When it filed the lawsuit, the CPSC noted that some children injured in the failure required stitches and suffered head injuries.
The agency argued “the design of the strollers allows a consumer to use the stroller without the front wheel being properly secured. When the quick release fails to secure the front wheel to the fork, the front wheel can suddenly detach during use.”
A Britax stroller recall may no longer be an issue, now that the suit was settled with Britax agreeing to launch a public safety campaign and offer replacement parts, but there is still a chance of adults and children being injured by a stroller failure.
Following the Britax lawsuit settlement, safety experts at Consumer Reports said consumers are still at risk of having a BOB jogging stroller fail because it does not protect people who might receive used strollers that have not been adequately fixed.
Britax Stroller Redesigned
In 2016, Britax redesigned the BOB (formerly known as the Beast of Burden) stroller’s quick release—the lever that secures the front wheel—to increase safety and prevent the wheel from falling out. Though new strollers had the redesigned release, the 500,000 BOB running strollers already on the market did not benefit from the update, so people that use them are still at risk of the wheel falling off.
According to Consumer Reports, the BOB jogging strollers affected were manufactured between Jan. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2015. There are 17 affected models, all of which have three wheels:
- Ironman Duallie,
- Revolution CE
- Revolution Flex
- Revolution Flex Duallie
- Revolution Pro
- Revolution Pro Duallie
- Revolution SE
- Revolution SE Demo
- Revolution SE Duallie
- Revolution SE Duallie Plus
- Revolution SE Plus
- Sport Utility Stroller
- Stroller Strides
- Stroller Strides Duallie
- SUS Duallie
Anyone in California who owns a BOB Ironman stroller, BOB Revolution stroller, or other BOB stroller manufactured from Jan. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2015, and suffered injuries or had a child who suffered injuries may be eligible to file a Britax stroller lawsuit.
Britax Jogging Stroller Injury Attorneys
Consumers have the right to expect the devices they use are free from defects and safe to use as intended. Parents have the right to trust that the strollers they put their children in are not designed in a way that could potentially cause serious harm to them or their children.
If you live in California and you or your child suffered an injury linked to a defective Britax BOB stroller, contact a Sacramento or Oakland attorney at Cutter Law today.
We have decades of experience handling complex defective product cases and we only act in your best interest. Our skilled attorneys have the knowledge and resources to offer aggressive legal representation and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Let our Britax jogging stroller injury lawyers help you. Contact us for a free case review.