A recent announcement on 11 Nov 09 alerted parents around the world about a recall involving a million units of Maclaren strollers from the American market. I was shocked by the announcement because I’m a user of Maclaren stroller too!
The models include all single and double strollers with the following names – Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
This voluntary recall in the US came after Maclaren received reports of 12 children having their fingertips amputated after getting them caught in the stroller’s hinge mechanism. However, Maclaren is not extending the recall to Singapore as its strollers meet the safety standards here.
The problem involves the elbow joint of the stroller’s hinge mechanism. It poses a risk to the child when they come in contact with the hinge mechanism during the opening or folding of the stroller. When the stroller is fully opened, there is no risk for the child. As a safety precaution, Maclaren advised parents to keep their children clear of the stroller when opening or folding it.
In the US, Maclaren is giving away free safety kit that contains hinge covers designed specifically to fit all its strollers. In the news yesterday, B.I.D Trading (a local distributor of Maclaren strollers) will also issue these safety kits to pram owners for free when the kits arrive in Singapore.
Personally, I feel that such accident can also happen to other brands of strollers. We should always exercise caution when opening or folding our strollers. Moreover, Maclaren strollers are engineered to be opened and closed by foot. So, by all means, DON’T allow our children to lay their fingers on the strollers when we are opening or folding it.