Nov 10, 2009

Maclaren recalls entire line of Umbrella Strollers

by Kids Today

SOUTH NORWALK, Conn. – Gear manufacturer, Maclaren USA, is voluntarily recalling its entire line of umbrella strollers sold in the United States, after receiving 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations.

This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maclaren is providing, free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers, a kit to cover the elbow joint on the umbrella stroller’s side hinge mechanism which can pose a potential finger hazard to a child when the operator is opening or closing the umbrella stroller.

The strollers were sold at Babies“R”Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

“Safety is Maclaren’s first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren umbrella strollers,” states a press release distributed this morning. “These easy to fit hinge covers will insure proper precautions are taken by the operator to avoid injury when opening or closing the umbrella stroller.”

This voluntary recall does not relate to U.S. standards not being met. Maclaren umbrella strollers meet all U.S. ASTM and JPMA compliance standards. These certifications guarantee Maclaren umbrella strollers meet the required maximum safety standards.

“Maclaren umbrella strollers have served as the benchmark for quality for umbrella strollers and have maintained outstanding records for safety along with durability for over 40 years,” states the release.

To obtain the hinge covers consumers can visit or call 877-688-2326.

To see the CPSC’s recall notice, including images of some of the recalled strollers, click here.

Maclaren USA stresses all stroller operators read the instruction manual prior to use which contains valuable safety tips and service recommendations.

“Since 1967, Maclaren has engineered its strollers to specifically exceed global standards for safety, reliability and durability,” states the release. “Nothing carries the Maclaren name until it is researched, tried and tested. Maclaren’s formal compulsory Zero Tolerance policy of safety issues is built upon the provenance when you buy something for your baby excellence is the least you expect.”

Maclaren offers the following safety tips:

  • Always read the operating instructions before use—don’t force the mechanisms—stop and check the instructions.
  • Keep children clear of the stroller during opening and folding.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a stroller – even with the harness fastened.
  • Always use the safety harness.
  • Don’t overload the stroller. Heavy items hanging from the handles can cause the stroller to topple over.

1 comment:

  1. I Think, almost all umbrella strollers have this similar hinge mechanics. When choosing any product for your child, always concern about the safety. Always watch your kids every time, every minute and second!


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