Maclaren to pay compensation over buggy injuriesPushchair firm denies liability over amputations

07 May 2010

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Maclaren has agreed to pay compensation to children who have injured their fingers as a result of trapping them in pushchair hinges.

Maclaren told Which? that it is not admitting liability in the case, and that its legal team is currently in discussions with legal representatives for the injured children.

The legal firm representing the injured children says that Maclaren will pay compensation to more than 40 individuals. 

The amount of compensation has not been agreed but it is likely to depend on the severity of injury. The money will be invested until injured children are 18.

Maclaren pushchair legal action

In November 2009 Maclaren hit the headlines when it recalled millions of pushchairs in the US. The recall followed reports that 12 children had suffered finger amputations after trapping them in the hinges of some pushchairs.

Since then, legal firm Russell, Jones and Walker has led a group litigation order representing parents of children who have been injured when using Maclaren buggies. If your child has been injured you can contact the legal team directly on 0800 916 9033.

If you own one of the affected models you can now get free hinge covers to help make your pushchair safer. To find out if your pushchair is affected read our Maclaren pushchair Q&A.

Pushchair safety

Which? has tested a range of Maclaren pushchairs and found that they conform to the European safety standard EN1888. However, parents should always ensure their child is well away from any hinges or folding parts when folding or unfolding a pushchair .

The chance that children will trap their fingers in the folding hinge applies to all pushchairs that use an umbrella folding mechanism - not just those from Maclaren. Parents should consider the folding hinge on a pushchair in the same way they would the hinge of an opening and closing door. Inevitably a product that folds in this way will carry some risk to children.

Which? tests pushchairs extensively at an independent laboratory, and recommends the best pushchairs as Best Buys. 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.

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