Hinge covers are being offered to owners of certain Phil and Teds Sport and Classic pushchairs, following reports of adults getting fingers trapped in the folding mechanism.
It follows several reported cases of the Sport pushchair causing injury to parents, due to fingers getting trapped while folding and unfolding the buggy. In the US there’s been one report of an adult finger amputation.
The safety warning relates to the now discontinued Sport V2, manufactured between March 2008 and June 2010, and the Classic V1, which shares the same hinge mechanism. All other Phil and Teds models are unaffected.
Phil and Teds pushchair safety alert
Trading Standards are advising owners of either model of pushchair to check if their buggy is affected and, if it is, to apply for the free hinge repair kit Phil and Teds is offering. The kit is comprised of a self-fit hinge cover that makes the buggies safe to continue using.
Find out more and apply for a hinge repair kit via the Phil and Teds website.
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Is your Phil and Teds pushchair affected?
Affected serial numbers to look for are:
- Sport V2 – numbers between 0308/0001 and 0510/0840.
- Classic V1 – numbers between 0308/0001 to 0510/0906.
You can locate the serial number on the inner face of the main hinge, underneath the pushchair seat. Each buggy also has either code ‘SPv2’ (Sport V2) or ‘E3C’ (Classic V1) printed on the wrist safety strap attached to the handle.
The Classic V1 comes in red, while the Sport V2 was available in red, orange, green, black, charcoal, navy and graffiti.
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This safety alert is the latest in a number of reports of finger injuries involving pushchair hinges – including the high-profile recall of US pushchairs in November 2009 by Maclaren after 12 reports of children suffering finger amputations.