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Child carrier is recalled due to fingertip injuries

California residents would agree that it is alarming when products are recalled for safety reasons. One can be severely harmed by a defective item. What is even more upsetting is when these products are for children. That is exactly the case in a recent recall. A child seat is being stripped from consumers' shelves because it can potentially amputate babies' fingers.

In recent news, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of the Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats. According to sources, a child might place his or her fingers in an opening at the grab bar's hinge. Specifically, when a parent lifts the grab bar to remove the child firm the seat, the baby's fingers can get caught in the mechanism. This serves as a danger to the child's fingertips.

Sources explain that the company has received two reports of injuries, including near amputations that resulted in a crushed finger. These injuries have required medical attention.

The carrier was sold in three styles. The seats that are being recalled have the following model numbers: TCS2100, TCS2101 and TCS2102. "Topeak" is imprinted on the back of the seat and is also stamped on a foam protector, which covers the grab bar. A red lever on the side of the grab bar locks the bar into place.

There are somewhere around 40,000 of these seats out there. Consumers should stop using the carrier seat immediately.

Hopefully, no more children will be injured by this defective product. For those that have been harmed, parents, on behalf of the children, may potentially bring a personal injury suit against the manufacturer or importer of the product. As the victimized children struggle to heal from their injuries, those liable for the defective product should be held accountable.

Source: Riverhead Local, "Todson recalls bicycle child carrier seats," April 12, 2012

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