Pushchair manufacturer Britax is offering free hinge covers for Nexus and Viva stollers to reduce the danger of children’s fingers becoming trapped in the folding mechanism.
Britax has issued safety advice for owners of its Viva and Nexus strollers, warning that it has detected a potential risk of injury from the buggies’ folding mechanisms.
It is now offering free hinge covers to anyone with one of these pushchairs, which it says will provide added protection and optimal safety.
Danger of pushchair finger amputation
Government body Consumer Focus has launched an investigation into the safety of folding pushchairs and called for evidence from anyone who has been injured while using one.
The investigation was sparked by reports of several children having their fingers amputated by the folding mechanisms on Maclaren pushchairs.
Britax says no such injuries have been reported concerning its pushchairs and that it was simply offering the hinge covers as a precaution.
Widespread pushchair problem
Which? pushchairs expert Lizzy Ruffles said: ‘News of Consumer Focus’ investigation seems to have led Britax to consider the potential dangers of its umbrella folding mechanisms, and hopefully these hinge covers will offer some protection.
‘However, we expect that the danger is widespread, affecting buggies from numerous manufacturers. We’d like to see other manufacturers taking precautions similar to those taken by Britax and Maclaren.’
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