Parents put a lot of faith into trusted brands like Maclaren USA, a brand long known for its popular strollers. They often spend a little more than they would on themselves, do a little more research than normal, and go with the brand they feel will be the safest for their child. Sometimes that trust is violated and those products thought to be safe end up causing severe injuries to children.
Such is the case with Maclaren USA. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on over a million strollers made by Maclaren after the company reported at least 15 injures to children and infants. 12 of those injuries resulted in the child’s fingers being amputated, 3 resulted in severe lacerations to the child’s hands, and even more injury reports are expected to come in. The problem started with a faulty hinge. The hinge allows the stroller to compact down for easy storage. When the stroller is in the upright position children can get their fingers caught inside the hinge, if the hinge collapses the child risks amputation or severe injury.
The effected models include; Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller. Maclaren has sold over one million of these stroller brands. As part of the recall, Maclaren is offering a free hinge cover that can be installed at home. The cover is available though their website, or by calling their toll free number; (877) 688-2326. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging any parent who owns one of these stroller models to discontinue use immediately until the part can be ordered and installed.
It is uncertain at this time how long Maclaren USA was aware of this problem before the recall was issued. As there were over a dozen injuries already reported one can assume the stroller hinge had been faulty for a long time, possibly even years. If your child was injured while in a Maclaren stroller a personal injury attorney may be able to assist you in seeking damages. If you own a model of stroller listed in the recall we urge you to discontinue use immediately, even if your child has not yet been injured by the hinge.
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