A large stroller recall has been announced after a dozen different children have had fingers amputated by the stroller’s hinges. All in all, over one million Maclaren strollers have been voluntarily recalled by the company with the help of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The strollers, which pose an amputation risk when they are opened or closed, have been sold for the last decade at a number of national chains, including Babies R Us and Target. The strollers ranged in price from $100 to $400 and include the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller models. These models include single and double versions of the umbrella strollers.
Farzad Rastegar, the chief executive of Maclaren, told reporters that the dangerous hinges were common on umbrella strollers – and that his company has stepped in to handle a problem that other stroller manufacturers have up to this point ignored.
The recall caused panic among US consumers who owned and used the strollers – the Maclaren stroller website crashed as concerned parents sought information about how to fix their defective children’s products.
Those who own the defective strollers have been told to stop using the stollers immediately and to call Maclaren for a free repair kit that includes one-size-fits-all hinge covers that will prevent future child injuries. Those who need the free repair kit are rged to call Maclaren at 877-688-2326 or visit www.maclaren.us/recall to fix their defective product.