Monday, November 9, 2009

Maclaren Recalls Child Strollers for Injury Risk

Although this isn't strictly a medical issue, I thought it important to post news of the Maclaren child stroller recall because of the possible safety risks. A Wall Street Journal article today notes that a side hinge had amputated the fingertips of 12 children.

Maclaren announced the recall in conjunction with the Consumer Products Safety Commission. The company is offering a free repair kit that includes pieces to cover the hinges that have been causing the problem.

Maclaren USA has posted a recall notice on its Web site, which reads in part:

"Consistent with our unwavering commitment to child safety we are providing U.S. consumers notice of a voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers sold in the U.S. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, we are providing free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers a kit to cover the stroller's hinge mechanism, which poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller. The affected models include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller."

You can find out more information at the CPSC Maclaren recall page.

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