At least five more children have had fingers amputated by defective <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Maclaren strollers, prompting the company to reissue a recall it announced in November 2009. According to the newly issued Maclaren stroller recall notice, the hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.
This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers sold prior to November 2009. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The recalled Maclaren strollers were sold by juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009. They were priced between $100 and $360. Around a million strollers are included in the recall.
Maclaren strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and are not affected by this announcement.
At the time of the first recall, 15 incidents, including a dozen amputations, had been reported to Maclaren. Since the original Maclaren stroller recall was issued, 37 more incidents involving injuries to children have been reported. In addition to the five amputations, there have been 16 additional lacerations and 16 additional fingertip entrapments/bruising reported. In total, Maclaren has received 149 reports of incidents with the strollers.
According to a statement on Maclaren’s website, the type of hinge mechanisms involved in this recall were inherent not just to Maclaren products, but to nearly all umbrella-fold models. The Consumer Products Safety Commission records approximately 11,500 stroller-related injuries each year, about 500 of which relate to finger injuries including hinge-related ones. There are no federal or state mandated standards in the United States in respect of strollers, and this category remains unregulated with tremendous risk to consumers who expect and assume otherwise. Maclaren said in its statement that “intelligence gathered during this experience has led Maclaren to conclude that the US should take the lead in developing a set of mandatory regulations.”
When the original recall was announced, Maclaren advised consumers to stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit that included hinge covers. Consumers who have not installed the hinge covers should immediately contact Maclaren USA to receive the free repair kit.
In addition to offering a free repair kit, Maclaren reminded parents and caregivers that children should be kept well away from strollers being opened or closed. A stroller should never be opened or closed when a child is seated in it.
Consumers who need a repair kit should contact Maclaren USA at hinge covers(at)maclaren-usa.com or call 877-688-2326.