Last week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall for certain LittleLife Discoverer Child Carriers. According to the recall announcement, these carriers were sold to consumers “without bolts that attach the carrier’s main frame to the metal stand,” which could allow the carrier to “disconnect from the stand and fall backwards, posing a fall hazard to a child in the carrier.”
Consumers are instructed to “immediately stop using the carriers and check to make sure there are two bolts on each side where the carrier’s main frame attaches to the metal stand,” the CPSC reports. If consumers find these bolts are not present, they are instructed to contact LittleLife for a replacement product.
According to this news release, the voluntary recall was announced in cooperation with Health Canada and the manufacturer of the carrier. The CSPC reminds consumers that it is illegal to “resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product,” despite the fact that no injuries or incidents have been reported for this particular product yet.
To identify the carriers, the CPSC explains they are “are green and gray with a black metal frame at the back with a folding leg bracket to enable the carriers to stand.” The recall also explains these carriers have the name, “LittleLife,” printed on the back, with the number LS55060 printed on a tab that can be found sewn onto the underside of the care label.
These carriers were sold in many outdoor stores nationwide, the CPSC reports, including “Champaign Surplus in Champaign, Ill., Skinny Skis in Jackson, Wy., Base Camp stores in Montana, and online at www.amazon.com, www.skinnyskis.com, www.thebasecamp.com, and www.MadAthlete.com from January 2011 through July 2011.” These carriers sold for about $200.
About 40 of the recalled carriers were sold in the United States and another 10 were sold in Canada.
Consumer Reports reported that backpack carriers are only intended for children capable of sitting up without assistance, which usually means children of at least six months of age. Although the safety website explains that some models feature head and neck supports that can hold children as young as three months, the consumer safety resource does not recommend them.
According to Consumer Reports, parents should also check their backpack carriers before each use for signs of wear, like weakened seams, missing fasteners, and frayed straps and seats. Consumers are cautioned to never use a child carrier that shows any of these signs of wear, as they can allow the product to suddenly give way, putting children at risk for injuries due to falling.
If you or a loved one owns one of the recalled LittleLife Discoverer Child Carriers and have a child who suffered injury due to the faulty product, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with recalled products. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Consumer Reports: Backpack Carrier Guide
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. (October 20, 2011) “LittleLife Baby Carriers Recalled by Lifemarque Due to Fall Hazard.” Retrieved on November 1, 2011 from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.