Yesterday about a million baby strollers were recalled because of a hinge defect. They are lightweight folding strollers and if a child were to have a finger in the hinge mechanism when it is being unfolded, the stroller would lock into place and amputate the tip of the child’s finger.
Twelve reports have been made of this happening. The strollers are distributed by Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn. and were made in China.
There are nine models of these umbrella strollers, both single and double, and they are all recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC has done an investigation and the models being recalled are:
- Volo and Triumph
- Quest Sport and Quest Mod
- Techno XT and TechnoXLR
- Twin Triumph and Twin Techno
- Easy Traveller
Obtain Your Repair Kit and Hinge Cover
These strollers have been sold in the U.S. since 1999 at Target and Babies “R” Us at prices ranging from $100 to $360. If you have one, please stop using it until you get the free hinge cover being provided by the company. There is a repair kit which will zip the cover in place. The cover should remain on the hinge except when you are cleaning the stroller.
We’ve Come a Long Way, Mums and Babies
Maclaren founder, Owen Maclaren, was a retired aeronautical engineer and grandfather and in 1967 he built the first foldable stroller, called the B-01 Baby Buggy. He lived in a medieval farmhouse that he had restored and he converted the old stables into a Baby Buggy workroom. The B-01 had four double wheels, a foldable aluminum frame, and blue and white striped fabric and it weighed six pounds.
At the time, women were still using perambulators — “prams” — which were high and large, made of white-painted wickerwork, with a big curved roof covering half of them. Baby Buggies caught on quickly and this writer used a similar brand called the Umbrolla, with three wheels, taking it with our two-year old on a plane to London in 1972. Now there are many brands of baby stroller and we take the convenience for granted.
Defective products can cause severe injuries, and even death in some cases, but there is legal recourse available. Please see our page on Starting a Product Liability Lawsuit for information on the process.
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