When you’re driving something made by Jeep, the last thing you want is a tire mishap, especially if what you’re driving is a stroller.
Kolcraft announced that they’re recalling almost 100,000 Jeep Liberty strollers because the tires’ inner tubes on the three-wheeled devices can rupture and cause the wheel rim to fly off. The strollers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Toys R Us, and other retailers from June 2010 through June 2013.
It's been a bad week for the Jeep brand. Earlier this week, Chrysler recalled 1.2 million Grand Cherokee and Liberty Jeeps, after the automaker disputed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall request.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 18 people have been injured by the stroller tire blow-outs — including two children who were standing near the strollers. Additionally, there have been at least 39 reports of inner tube ruptures, which in many cases occurred while the tires were being inflated. The flying projectiles have caused cuts and bruises to arms and legs, the torso, and head or face. There were also two reports of property damage.
The Kolcraft strollers involved in the recall were made in China and have model numbers starting with JL031, JL032, JL034, JL035 or JL036. “Jeep” is printed on the side of the stroller and the front of the stroller tray. You can find more information about the Kolcraft Jeep Liberty recall here. If you have one of these strollers, the manufacturer recommends that you stop using it and contact the company for free replacement wheels.
As part of this recall notice, the CPSC reminds parents to always use a manual bicycle pump — not a gas station air pump —to inflate stroller tires.
The CSPS is also working to develop new federal safety standards for strollers to prevent further deaths and injuries. Wolfson said, “Once these rules are finalized, the United States will have one of the strongest stroller safety standards in the world.”