In a press release, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reannounced the voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers sold prior to November 2009. This recall includes approximately one million units and the distributor, Maclaren USA, Inc, is fully cooperating with the federal agency in this recall.
The reason for this recall stems from a defect in the stroller’s hinge mechanism. The hinge poses hazardous risks such as fingertip amputations and lacerations to children when unfolding and opening the stroller. The reannoucement of this recall includes all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers in the aforementioned time period. The word “Maclaren” appears on the side of the stroller. Strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and not affected by this recall. The company issued hinge covers to consumers who had already purchased this unit.
Maclaren has received 149 reported incidents concerning the strollers. This includes 37 injuries reported after the stroller was recalled in November 2009. The reported injuries include five fingertip amputations, 16-lacerations and 16-fingertip entrapments/bruising. The original recall initially cited only 15 incidents, with 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the U.S.
As a personal injury lawyer, I know that there are many products brought to market that are not fully inspected for all possible safety implications. If a defective product has injured you or your child, contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.