Pushchairs recalled over finger amputations

Author: By Wesley Johnson, Press Association

All Maclaren single and double umbrella pushchairs, including the popular Volo
and Techno models, were voluntarily recalled by the firm in the US.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said customers should stop
using the pushchairs immediately.

In a joint statement with Maclaren USA, the CPSC said: “The stroller’s
hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the
child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.”

It said the firm had received 15 reports of children placing their finger in
the pushchair’s hinge mechanism, “resulting in 12 reports of fingertip
amputations in the United States”.

Maclaren USA offered users a free set of hinge covers to remedy the problem.

The firm’s website said it produces “the world’s most safe, durable,
innovative and stylish baby buggies and strollers”.

A Maclaren USA spokesman added: “Consistent with our unwavering
commitment to child safety we are providing US consumers notice of a
voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers sold in the US.

“In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, we are
providing free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers a kit to
cover the stroller’s hinge mechanism, which poses a fingertip amputation and
laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the
stroller.

“The voluntary recall is to alert the operator when opening or closing
the stroller of the possible risk of injury.

“Safety is our first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge
consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of
hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren strollers.”

The recalled models include the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno
XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Models sold in the UK have not been recalled.

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