01.Maclaren stroller recall in USA
On 9 November 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers. The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.
There have been 15 reports in the USA of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations.
The recall involves around one million strollers and covers all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers; the affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. Most of these are also sold in Australia.
No recall notice has been issued in Australia.
In response to the recall, the Australian distributor, CNP Brands, states that it has total confidence in its products, and that they have been tested to and meet international safety standards. They have not received any complaints or reports of injuries resulting from the use of Maclaren strollers in Australia in relation to this matter. They also say that there is no risk of injury to a child when seated in the stroller or when folding or unfolding the stroller following the instructions, and emphasise the need for parental supervision, stating that the circumstances of where the incidents occurred were where the instructions and warnings were not properly followed.
However, they are making available an elbow joint cover kit free of charge to any customer concerned about the safety of their Maclaren stroller. This kit covers the folding hinges to minimise risk of any finger entrapment and injury. Contact CNP Brands at www.maclarenbaby.com.au, or phone their Customer Service on 1300 667 137 between 9.00am – 4:00pm AESDT.
CHOICE agrees that proper parental supervision is important around strollers. As we’ve noted in past and current articles, most strollers have plenty of places where a carelessly placed finger could get a painful pinch (or worse). Risks are avoidable if you take care when folding or unfolding the stroller and don’t let children play with it. Nevertheless, it’s better if strollers are designed to minimise this risk, and our most recent 2009 stroller test notes which models are better or worse in this respect (see page 7 Safety issues).