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Stroller Recall

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Maclaren USA is recalling a million strollers due to 12 reports of amputation that have occurred when children got their fingers stuck in the strollers. Don Mays, the senior director of Product Safety Planning and Technical Administration at Consumers Union has the details.

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Comments [9]

Jane B from Brooklyn

And yes, I swear by Maclaren strollers, I had two and they both lasted many years, one about 12, the other about 6. They are very well built and we put them through the wringer.

Am sure the company will make good on this. It makes them look better, not worse.

Nov. 10 2009 12:35 PM
Jane B from Brooklyn

Also, while it is not life threatening, any trip to the emergency room is traumatic with a child bleeding.

Nov. 10 2009 12:26 PM
Jane B from Brooklyn

Re: Parent Responsibility.

Of Course.

But that doesn't let them off the hook to fix something they know is near children and is harmful.

Responsible companies watch how their customers use their products.

Eg: This is one scenario about how I and most of the mothers in my neighborhood use a stroller and how this could happen to a "responsible" parent, even without distractions of other children, strangers around, dogs etc. City life.

Child rides in stroller.

Child wants out to walk.

Child is trained by responsible parent to hold a hand, or if that is not possible, eg. other child to deal with, child is taught that it is safe to hold the metal part of the stroller.

Parent stops to fold up stroller.

Parent takes hand away from stroller.

Hinge sticks. Parent focuses on hinge.

Child is waiting longer than expected, and puts hand on other side (other hinge) to comfort him/herself - it keeps him from wandering.

First hinge suddenly snaps shut, snapping the one where the child's hand is on the other side.

Child is hurt.

Nov. 10 2009 12:23 PM
BL Moderator from WNYC Studios

[[Christa, as far as we can tell the Starck is not part of the recall list, but it's probably best to contact Maclaren directly at the link above.
Thanks,
-BL Show-]]

Nov. 10 2009 12:00 PM
Calls'em As I Sees'em from McLean, VA

You should note that finger tips grow back, especially in young children.

I hope that some of those greedy doctors Obama always talk about didn't amputate the kids’ hands or arms rather that bandaging up the finger tips. Lol.

Nov. 10 2009 12:00 PM
john from office

No product can be totaly accident proof.

Nov. 10 2009 11:58 AM
Jeff from Brooklyn

Isn't this a hazard in anything that folds? tables, chairs, umbrellas?

Why not recall all of these items as well?

There was no issue with this before because parents were able to either take the time to teach their children to stay away.

I'm sure the strollers of the past were MUCH more dangerous, is this a litgious society issue? over regulation or bad parenting?

Nov. 10 2009 11:57 AM
Shana from Clinton Hill/Fort Greene, Brooklyn

I use a Quest Sport with my three and a half month old. I am extremely happy with it. This seems to be more of an issue with how parents use the stroller than with the stroller itself. Why are parents folding and unfolding these strollers with their kids hands in position to get hurt? And twelve over the past ten years does not seem so bad.

Nov. 10 2009 11:56 AM
Christa Waring from NYC

what about the Maclaren Starck? i think they only made it for about a year or two.

Nov. 10 2009 11:52 AM

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