More than 14,000 UPPAbaby strollers recalled after child's fingertip amputated

People are encouraged to stop using the strollers and contact the company to receive free replacement brake discs. PHOTO: UPPABABY.COM

NEW YORK - More than 14,000 UPPAbaby brand strollers were recalled on Thursday after a child's fingertip became caught in a brake and was amputated, according to a US federal agency.

The All-Terrain RIDGE Jogging Stroller rear disc brakes have openings that "can cause amputation or laceration if a non-occupant child's fingertip gets caught in the openings while the stroller is in use," the agency, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, said.

People are encouraged to stop using the strollers and contact the company to receive free replacement brake discs. The serial number of the recalled product, which is on the right side of the stroller frame above the rear wheel, begins with 1401RDGUS.

Only one incident has been reported, and the child was not in the stroller when it happened, the commission said.

The stroller, which retailed for about US$600 (S$841), was sold at numerous stores, including BuyBuyBaby, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Pottery Barn Kids and Amazon. It was manufactured from October 2021 through August 2022, the commission said.

The company said in a statement that extensive testing is conducted on its products and that this line of strollers had passed each test.

The company said it was voluntarily recalling this line of strollers, which have an extendable canopy with a mesh window and a zipper pocket, disc hand brakes and an adjustable handlebar with a wrist strap.

"Our top priority at UPPAbaby is the safety of children," the company said. "We take all product inquiries very seriously. Based on one consumer report to us, we believe the injury is likely due to consumer misuse."

When contacted by The Straits Times, PramFox, UPPAbaby’s exclusive retailer in Singapore, said the recall does not affect RIDGE prams sold in Singapore. But the company will be supplying new discs to all customers who have purchased a RIDGE pram, it said.

"We expect to receive the updated brake discs by the end of October.... We will make contact with all customers who purchased the RIDGE in Singapore... so that a replacement set of discs together with comprehensive instructions of how to change the disc can be provided," it said. NYTIMES

  • Additional reporting by Adeline Tan

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