The following recall has been announced:
DETAILS: Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seats imported by Todson Inc., of North Attleboro, Mass.; sold at J&B Imports, REI, Action and Hawley, online and other retail stores nationwide from January 2009 through April 2012. The gray, plastic babyseats were sold in three styles: Babyseat, Babyseat with disc brake compatible rack and Babyseat with non-disc brake compatible rack. The racks are used to mount the seat to the bicycle. "Topeak" is embossed on the back of the seat and is also printed on a black foam protector that covers the grab bar. A red locking lever on the side of the blue grab bar locks the bar into place. The bicycle carrier seats were manufactured in Tawain.
WHY: A child can place his or her fingers in the opening at the grab bar's hinge mechanism. When the consumer lifts the grab bar to remove the child from the seat, the child's fingertips can be caught in the hinge mechanism, posing a laceration and fingertip amputation hazard to the child.
INCIDENTS: The firm has received two reports of incidents including near amputations that resulted in stitches and a crushed finger.
HOW MANY: About 40,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Todson at 800-250-3068 Monday through Friday
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT, or visit the firm's website at http://store.todson.com