Parents Alerted to Maclaren Stroller Recall
The Maclaren umbrella strollers, which are manufactured by a British firm and sold in the United States and around the world, are being recalled because of the risk of fingertip amputation and lacerations. The Maclaren stroller recall affects 1 million strollers and is being made in cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The current Maclaren stroller recall is a voluntary one and affects the following models: Easy Traveller, Quest Mod, Quest Sport, Techno XLR, TechnoXT, Triumph, Twin Techno, Twin Triumph, and Volo. The 1 million strollers were manufactured between 1999 and 2009.
According to a CBS News report on November 9, twelve children have had their fingertips cut off because the hinge is not covered properly. When the stroller is collapsed, children can get their fingers caught in the hinge and have them severed. A visit to the consumeraffairs.com website shows that parents have had some other complaints about the Maclaren stroller for several years.
Parents and other caregivers who have one of these Maclaren umbrella strollers are urged to go to the Maclaren website and contact the manufacturer immediately so they can receive a free repair kit to fix the hazardous part on the stroller. Consumers will receive a kit that allows them to cover the hinge that can cause the amputations and lacerations. The kit contains hinge covers that are designed specifically to fit all Maclaren strollers.
Retailers have already been informed about the Maclaren stroller recall, but consumers who own a Maclaren stroller should not go back to the store that sold them the stroller, because retailers are reportedly receiving only enough kits to fix their current inventory. Parents who have any questions about the Maclaren stroller recall can contact the company’s customer service line after Tuesday (November 10).
CBS News report, Nov. 9, 2009
Maclaren website, news release