Maclaren pushchairs in second US safety recallFinger injuries prompt pushchair safety concerns
26 May 2011
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has re-announced its recall notice for Maclaren pushchairs sold before November 2009.
In a statement, the CPSC said that Maclaren has received a total of 149 reports of incidents with the strollers, including 37 reported injuries that occurred after the stroller was recalled in November 2009.
The reported injuries include five additional fingertip amputations, 16 additional lacerations and 16 additional fingertip entrapments/bruising.
At the time of the original recall, there were 15 incidents, including 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.
Second pushchair recall notice
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.
The latest recall notice does not ask for new action, but simply reiterates that American consumers should get the hinge covers that Maclaren developed to help avoid this problem. Consumers have also been able to get the hinge covers in the UK after Which? campaigned for Maclaren to make them available here.
You can find further information and advice on what to do if you own a Maclaren pushchair in our Maclaren pushchair safety alert Q&A.
Which? has tested a range of Maclaren pushchairs and found that they conform to the European safety standard EN1888. We confirmed this in our recent test of the Maclaren Quest Sport and Maclaren Volo.
However, parents should always ensure their child is well away from any hinges or folding parts when folding or unfolding a pushchair.
Which? pushchair expert Victoria Pearson cautions: '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.'
Tell us what you think - we're discussing the re-issue of the Maclaren recall notice in the US, and what that means for UK consumers, over on Which? Conversation.
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Maclaren design is not unusual
On its UK website Maclaren points out that it is not the only manufacturer to use the hinge design that is involved in the recall notice and that it has acted to provide an additional safety device.
'In November 2009, Maclaren made available free of charge hinge covers for all Maclaren umbrella fold buggies for those customers who requested them. The cover is not required for the safe use of the buggy, but is an additional safety measure in respect of the operation of opening or closing the stroller.
The patented design right to this safety enhancement was waived by Maclaren allowing other manufacturers, with similar style side hinge mechanisms, to supply the same measure to their customers.
The old-style side hinge design continues to be widely used by many manufacturers whose products pose an inherent risk of finger entrapment; no different to the hazards associated with any goods containing moving parts.'
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