Statement of Tom Koltun, President of Kolcraft

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Good Housekeeping and USA Today Report That Stroller Hinges Can Injure Little Fingers

(Chicago, IL) October 11, 2010 – USA Today has published an article “Stroller hinges can injure little fingers” stating that the new issue of Good Housekeeping magazine contains a study that alleges 10 strollers have “danger spots.” Among the 10 strollers listed from popular baby stroller companies are the Contours Lite and Jeep Cherokee Sport.

The test procedures and the credentials of those who tested the products at Good Housekeeping are unknown. Kolcraft, however, complies with industry standards and testing including the following:

• Kolcraft has a design safety review process that uses risk assessment principles to ensure the safety of our products. These principles exceed requirements found in standard testing.

• The Contours Lite and Jeep Cherokee Sport strollers have been tested by 3rd party independent test labs and have been found to comply with all mandatory and voluntary ASTM standards.

• Kolcraft is a member of JPMA and all of our products comply with the JPMA requirements for testing.

Good Housekeeping never contacted Kolcraft nor did they return our calls to discuss their findings or to share the test they conducted. Until the report is released Kolcraft cannot directly comment on it.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in our comment section and we will be happy to answer your quesitons to the best of our ability.

2 Responses to “Statement of Tom Koltun, President of Kolcraft”

  1. Ron October 11, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks for posting the link that explains the Good Housekeeping tests that were done.

    Although we appreciate the GH report for pointing out what seems patently obvious to us, my wife and I have a Jeep model and have never had a problem. Maybe it’s because we understand that babies’ fingers can get caught in just about anything that folds open or closed. We just make sure that we pay attention during assembly/take down, and when loading and unloading.

    We love our Jeep stroller and thanks again for posting the article that we will use as a safety reminder.


  2. Michelle October 11, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Thank you Ron. We appreciate your feedback & ability to use common sense and extra care when using your baby products.