Popular stroller manufacturer Maclaren yesterday recalled one million of its strollers amid reports that some children have had their fingertips cut off by a hinge on the products.
All Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers sold between 1999 and November 2009 are being voluntarily recalled. The products, which cost between $100 and $360, have been sold at Target, Babies R Us and other children’s specialty stores throughout the country. “Maclaren” is printed on the strollers, and model names include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveler.
Twelve children have reportedly had their fingertips severed after getting them caught in the strollers’ hinges. Maclaren is asking parents to stop using the products and immediately contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit that will cover the hinge. Until parents have fitted the hinge with the protective kit, the company says they should “use extra care when folding and unfolding the strollers and be sure children’s hands are well clear of all mechanisms.”
(For more info on the stroller recall, contact Maclaren USA toll-free at (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or click on this site.)
Last week, two other children’s products sold nationwide were also recalled. Consumers were asked to stop using about 10,000 MacPherson’s Young Artist Easels and request a replacement chalkboard, after the original chalkboards were found to contain high levels of lead that violate the federal lead paint standard. No injuries or incidents as a result of the lead paint have been reported to date. Click here for more information on the easel recall.
A voluntary recall was also announced for more than 275,000 Adventure Playsets backyard swing sets, sold through Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and other stores nationwide between January 2004 and December 2007. Reports of injuries resulting from rotting and weakened monkey bars spurred the recall. Consumers should stop using the apparatus and contact the company for a replacement kit.
Sometimes I am amazed to think about all of the things we bring into our houses for our children. Over the years, I have seen many, many recalls for children’s products – some that have been brought on by incidents of serious injury or death; many that were the result of high lead paint levels. (The big Thomas the Tank Engine recall occurred when my youngest still adored Thomas, James, Skarloey and all of the others in train set.) Some recalls appear to be for smaller problems, to the point that I have wondered how in the world it even became an issue.
In the end, I tend to only really remember the big ones. Given the problem with and the number of Maclaren strollers I see on any outing to a shopping center or park, I would imagine this stroller recall will go down as one that people remember – and one that many parents take seriously.
But I do wonder how many parents regularly check the recall lists at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission? And what is the rate of participation in voluntary recalls for the major and minor problems?
Have you ever used or experienced a problem with Maclaren strollers? How about the MacPherson artist easels or the Adventure Playsets backyard swing sets? If you own one of these products, how likely are you to contact the company for replacement kits? Will you completely stop using the product until the replacement kit arrives and is in place – or will you simply be more cautious when using the original product?