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Yesterday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall by Maclaren U.S.A. Inc., of about 1 million of it's strollers, due to fingertip laceration or amputation hazards to children while their parents are folding or unfolding the stroller. The CPSC states that the company has received as many as 15 reports of children placing their fingers in the hinge mechanism, resulting in up to 12 fingertip amputations in the U.S.
This announcement may come as a surprise to many parents who know the Maclaren company as makers of high-end and sought-after strollers selling for as much as $360, depending on the model. In their own recall notice, Maclaren emphasized their continuing commitment to stroller safety and reminds consumers their products "meet all U.S. ASTM & JPMA compliance standards."
Consumer Reports points out that these stroller safety standard apply to strollers when in their upright recommended use position, and that these injuries here have occurred when the strollers were being folded or unfolded.
All single and double strollers from all model years are listed under the recall, but the company and CPSC specifically include the following models: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
According to the Time, the parenting blogosphere is all a-twitter with the news of a trusted company with a major safety issue. It will remain to be seen whether this generation of hyper-vigilant parents will allow Maclaren to return to their previous lofty stature in the parenting world.
Consumers can contact Maclaren to receive a free repair kit providing hinge covers to protect children's fingers and adults from additional parenting stress.
Recall Kits can be obtained online or by calling: 1-877-688-2326 Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm ET, or by going to Maclaren's recall site: http://recall.maclarenbaby.com/.