Heads up, parents. Kolcraft, the manufacturer of the Jeep Liberty
stroller announced recently that it is recalling 96,000 strollers due to tire failures. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC,) the inner tubes in the stroller's
tires can rupture easily, causing the wheel rim to fracture and fly off. To date, 18 injuries have been reported.
The CPSC reported 39 cases in which the stroller's inner tube tires ruptured, typically while it was being inflated. But of the people injured, two were children who were simply standing near the strollers when the tires ruptured. Injuries reported included cuts and bruises to the arms, legs, torso, head, or face.
The recalled strollers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Toys "R" Us, and children's specialty stores online from June 2010 through June 2013, according to a report on Today.com
. The affected models are JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036 (the model number and date of manufacture are printed on a white tag on the rear upper center of each seat-back pad.)
If you have one of these models, stop using it and contact the company for free replacement wheels.
Also, the CPSC wants to remind parents to always use a manual bicycle pump, not a gas station air pump, to inflate stroller tires.