Do you recall all of the children’s product recalls?

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?

24 comments Add your comment

G

November 10th, 2009
7:35 am

E ceva recall la Maclaren strollers

JATL

November 10th, 2009
8:01 am

It really depends on the product and why it’s being recalled. We have a Maclaren Volo, and I just ordered the hinge cover for it! It’s the best baby product I’ve had through two boys, and we love it dearly -so durable and easy and portable! However, the thought of one of my kids getting his finger or fingers chopped off is freaking SCARY!

With all the lead paint stuff I took it item by item. The truth was that a kid would have had to eat the entire amount of paint off of a huge toy or amount of toys to be affected. We did NOT throw out hundreds of dollars of worth of Thomas trains and gear. I was shocked at people who did! My kids don’t lick or chew on the Thomas stuff anyway.

YUKI

November 10th, 2009
8:43 am

We don’t use Maclaren strollers, so this most recent recall is not an issue for us. I really don’t pay attention to the recalls very much in all honesty, but a lot of companies will recall products for even a small reason because it’s cheaper to send out a little replacement part or whatever than get sued. Also, they most likely have insurance for a recall so they can afford it. It is really scary when you hear something like this, though. I don’t go looking for recalled products but if one i use was posing a threat to my son I would definatly look into getting whatever part there is to fix it or my money back.

YUKI

November 10th, 2009
8:44 am

I meant definitely!

Becky

November 10th, 2009
8:46 am

@JATL..I also did not throw out all of our Thomas stuff either..For the reasons that you said also..They cost way to much and the boy didn’t sit and lick them or put them in his mouth..They are now in the attic for his kids to play with..

As for as product recalls, I usually don’t worry about them to much..I’ve never had any product that had something major wrong with it..

JJ

November 10th, 2009
8:48 am

New Stepmom, I missed replying to your post yesterday. I hope everything is ok, now that you are on “limited movement”.

As for suggestions, why don’t you work on your Christmas Cards???????? LOL

Jenny

November 10th, 2009
8:55 am

I have a Maclaren stroller and I will continue to use it even thought I don’t have the repair kit yet. My baby is still little and does not yet poke her fingers in the hinges. Furthermore, the stroller is designed to be opened and closed with your feet, not your hands and therefore I don’t see the malfunction as an immediate threat to my family. The Maclaren stroller that I have is an excellent product and I am very happy with it.

madmommy

November 10th, 2009
8:56 am

I check them at least once a month just to be sure that we aren’t using anything that could harm our little one or any of our friends little ones. If and when I do find something has been recalled, I send out an email and to each’s own from there on. When my daughter was an infant, I think we had a total of 5 items that were recalled that I did contact the maker and was able to get a replacement. One that was really scary was a teething toy where the beads could pop off and choke the baby. Just goes to show you just never know what your kids are playing with. I do stay calm about things though, but it’s nice to be informed.

deidre_NC

November 10th, 2009
8:57 am

i never paid much attention to recalls until i started working where i work now…in my position we get emails on recalls everyday. i cant understand why these products arent examined more closely to start with-before they are put on the shelves. and with china products being so ‘lead laden’ why do people keep buying stuff that was made there. what ever happened to quality control at the factory where the products are made?

KMM

November 10th, 2009
9:09 am

I get the emails from the safety commission. It amazes me how many trinkets from the Dollar Store are recalled. I get an email about 4 times a week with a recall. I have only owned the product once or twice though. I also get weekly emails from the US food & drug admin. about food recalls. Those are mostly obscure items but it’s good to know.

Vork

November 10th, 2009
9:25 am

It amazes me that some of these recalls have to be made because people, in general, are stupid. I say lt Darwin take care of it.

Common sense plays a lot into some of these recalls. If the thing cases fires…Iunderstand a recall….if it cuts of some kids fingers because the parent is negligent and doesn’t pay attention then that is not the manufacturer’s fault.

Vork

November 10th, 2009
9:27 am

DAMN this lagging keyboard…..”lt” = “let” and “cases” = “causes” and there should be a space between “I” and “understand”……

FCM

November 10th, 2009
9:42 am

I got rid of the Easy Bake Oven stuff on recall. I wanted an excuse to get rid of it anyway without hurting the givers feelings anyway. :)

There was a recall for some toddler toy we had that would tip over if the baby pulled on it. SHEEEESH when that happened (pre-recall) to our baby, we figured she had outgrown the thing and took it apart.

Many recalls seem like parents are quick to blame the manufacturer and reluctant to use common sense.

In general, no we don’t get to antsy about recalls.

Hunter of MILF

November 10th, 2009
10:22 am

@FCM

How you doin?

Kathy

November 10th, 2009
10:36 am

I have a Maclaren and I will continue to use it. I saw on GMA this morning some of the YouTube videos they found where parents were demonstrating opening and closing their stroller WITH THEIR HANDS! That is just plain stupid. The Maclarens were designed so that you use your feet to open and close it. These geniuses obviously did not read the manual.

I can’t believe that I am saying this, but I actually agree with Vork. Parental negligence and stupidity are not the manufacturer’s fault.

JATL

November 10th, 2009
10:45 am

We are leaving the house right now with our Maclaren! As I said, I ordered the kit, but will continue to use the stroller until it arrives. We’ve been using the stroller for 2 1/2 years now and we all still have our fingers. I agree with others -if parents are using their hands and teaching older toddlers to use their hands with it, then they’re IDIOTS. Part of the ease of the stroller is that you use your foot!

DB

November 10th, 2009
11:02 am

I never did — mostly, because the internet wasn’t geared to that, “back in the day”. I’m still not sure I’d be the type to check it frequently — I guess I figure that if it was bad enough, I’d hear it on the news.

And I tend to agree with Vork, too — common sense is not so common.

Becky

November 10th, 2009
11:12 am

Laughing at Vork..You are right about common sense..My boss says that people don’t have common sense,so it can’t be used..

RecallAware

November 10th, 2009
11:40 am

At http://www.recallaware.com, we are working on a mechanism where you will be able to register for the areas and products of interest to you and be notified via email/twitter and other mechanisms when such a product is recalled.

RecallAware also aggregates information from several govt. sites together, including CPSC.

Hunter of MILF

November 10th, 2009
11:48 am

winks @Becky

One of you lovely ladies actually sent me an email the other day…..but I’ve not got any response since…hmm.

Becky

November 10th, 2009
2:34 pm

Hi Hunter..Glad that you got a response from someone..I’m not in the playing field anymore, so good luck..

Hunter of MILF

November 10th, 2009
2:36 pm

@Becky

Oh come on now since when does that stop anyone?…..LOL

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Rita

November 30th, 2009
2:06 pm

I’m shocked that some of the parents who wrote above continue to use recalled products. It’s terrible to use a stroller that could sever the ends of children’s fingers. If your baby is small, a friend or relative’s child could get their fingers in the wrong place. It’s difficult to watch a child every minute. That’s what one mom said when a TV tipped over and killed her child. She was right there, but she couldn’t get over to her child in time to prevent the tragedy.

Very small amounts of lead can make a child extremely ill. This was news to me. I thought lead poisoning occurs through years of accumulation.

I’ve been a consumer writer for years. We are fortunate that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was created in 1972. These recalls are to be taken seriously. Only the worst products are recalled.

My latest post is about Stork Craft drop-side cribs with plastic hardware that are being recalled. The plastic hardware can break causing corners to detach and make a space where children can become entrapped and suffocate. If you have one of these cribs, stop using it immediately, the commission advises.

Parents, please pay attention to these recalls. Don’t use recalled products. Get the repair kit and repair them or get the replacement product offered Please, for the sake of your child.

Rita blogging at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide at http://boomersurvive-thriveguide.typepad.com