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Baby bike seat poses finger amputation risk

A popular baby bicycle seat, sold at stores such as REI, was recalled by the US government Friday after two children had their fingers nearly amputated.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it would recall the Topeak Babyseat II Bicycle Carrier Seat, which can cost up to $180. About 40,000 have been sold through stores such as J&B Imports, Action and Hawley, and independent bike stores.

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The safety risk is posed by an opening near a “grab bar’’ where the child puts his or her hands. “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,’’ the commission said.

The maker, Todson, based in North Attleborough, Mass., has received two reports of near amputations, the commission said.

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