Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations


US authorities have announced a recall of a million baby strollers made by UK's Maclaren, saying they posed a risk of "fingertip amputation" to young children."
An internet search reveals many of the same models are readily available in Australia. About 1 million have been sold worldwide.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed," the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said.
The Chinese-manufactured strollers' hinge mechanism "poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller", CPSC said.
The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller's hinge mechanism, and 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.
The recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. They have word "Maclaren" printed on the stroller and included models Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
The products sold from 1999 through November 2009 for between $US100 ($108.30) and $US360 ($389.86).
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit. The company will send out a cover for the hinges to all owners.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maclaren USA toll free at (877) 688-2326 between 8am and 5pm or visit the website at www.maclaren.us/recall (NOTE: As of November 10, the website was down, so I would suggest visiting the Australia headquarters here).
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell them your story here.

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