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|A tire failure is always potentially dangerous, even when the vehicle is a stroller. That’s why Kolcraft is recalling more than 96,000 Jeep Liberty strollers. The tires on these three-wheeled strollers have inner tubes that can rupture and cause the wheel rim to fracture and fly off as a projectile.|
At least 18 people have been injured by these tire blow-outs – including two children standing near the strollers – according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The CPSC said there have been at least 39 reports of inner tube ruptures. In most cases, this happened when the tires were being inflated.
The flying parts caused cuts and bruises to arms and legs, the torso and head or face. There were also two reports of property damage.
It's been a bad week for the Jeep brand. Earlier this week, Chrysler recalled 1.2 million Grand Cherokee and Liberty Jeeps. The move came after the automaker at first disputed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recall request.
The recalled Jeep Liberty strollers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Toys R Us, online and at juvenile specialty stores from June 2010 through June 2013, for between $150 and $180.
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.
If you have one, stop using it and contact the company for free replacement wheels. As part of this recall notice, the CPSC reminded parents to always use a manual bicycle pump, not a gas station air pump, to inflate stroller tires.