Pushchair manufacturer Maclaren has agreed to offer free hinge covers to UK consumers to help make their pushchairs safer, after pressure from Which?.
Maclaren, recently announced that it would issue the safety kits to US consumers after it emerged that 12 children had suffered a finger amputation in the last 10 years. The children had suffered the amputations after getting a finger caught in the pushchair mechanism used in certain Maclaren models.
After the figures emerged, Which? called for Maclaren to issue the same hinge cover kits to UK consumers – the pushchairs sold in the UK are the same as those sold in the US – but the manufacturer initially declined to do so.
Pushchairs that have the potential safety problem include:
- Quest Sport
- Quest Mod
- Techno XT
- Twin Triumph
- Twin Techno
- Easy Traveller
If you own one of the affected pushchairs you can get free hinge covers to help make your pushchair safer by contacting Maclaren at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01327 841 300.
Lizzy Ruffles, pushchairs expert at Which? said: ‘We’re delighted to hear that Maclaren has listened to calls from Which? to give UK consumers access to the same free hinge covers as it’s giving to US consumers.
‘Which? could see no reason not to offer the same protection to children in the UK as their US counterparts were given.
‘We hope that these covers will help make Maclaren umbrella-folding pushchairs safer, and we’ll be testing them in our lab as soon as we can get some, to make sure that this is the case.’
Which? tests pushchairs extensively at an independent laboratory, to find out which pushchairs performed well enough to be considered a Best Buy. If you want to buy a pushchair which doesn’t have an umbrella folding mechanism, our pushchair reviews can show you those that don’t.