Maclaren USA has recalled nearly 1 million of its strollers after 12 children had their fingers amputated after being caught in the strollers’ hinges.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Nov. 9 announced that the voluntary recall concerns Chinese-made strollers sold in the U.S. from 1999 to November 2009 at Babies ‘R’ Us, Target, and other children’s product retailers.
Affected Maclaren models include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno, and Easy Traveller. When the stroller is opened or unfolded, the hinge can cause a “fingertip amputation or laceration hazard to the child.”
Maclaren is issuing a free repair kit to make the hinges safe. The company noted that its strollers met required safety standards, but stated, “Our advice is that consumers should take the same level of caution and care as when opening or closing a car door or any other moving part that can be found in many other baby and toddler products.”
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the recalled strollers immediately and to contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit.