Long known for the dependability of its strollers, manufacturer Maclaren may find that its reliable reputation has been tarnished following reports that 12 kids have suffered fingertip amputations while using its strollers. This week, Maclaren along with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced the recall of some 1 million strollers over concerns that fingertip amputations and lacerations can occur.
The children were injured when they placed their fingers in the stroller’s hinge mechanism when it was either being opened or secured. Nine models are included in the mass recall of products, which consists of both double and single umbrella strollers.
Recalled models are those made available in the US between 1999 and 2009: Easy Traveller, Twin Techno, Twin Triumph, TechnoXLR, Techno XT, Quest Mod,Quest Sport, Triumph, and Volo.
Parents and guardians are being told to stop using the strollers immediately and to contact Maclaren for a free repair kit.
Boston Products Liability
Injuries caused by a design flaw, a manufacturing defect, or a product malfunction can be grounds for a Boston products liability lawsuit. If the injured party is a minor, a parent or guardian will have to file the Boston injuries to minor complaint for damages.
Unfortunately, product manufacturers do make mistakes. It’s even more unfortunate for the infant or child who has been hurt because of such errors.
While recalls are a good way to find out about the dangerous defect before an injury or death occurs, in many cases someone will have already gotten hurt before a product defect is discovered and a recall is announced.
Maclaren’s Stroller Recall: A Stumbling Response Online, Time, November 9, 2009
Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations, CPSC, November 9, 2009
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