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Maclaren Pushchair recall – UK models not affected

Tue, Nov 10, 2009

Pram News

Following a number of emails from worried parents in light of the news about the recall of Maclaren pushchairs in the US, I can confirm that the company news release states that Maclaren models sold in the UK are NOT affected. Best Pram, however, is interested to note that consumer group Which? is pressing for the free repair kit to be made available to UK consumers also.

Up to 1 million of Maclaren’s single and double umbrella pushchairs were voluntarily recalled by the firm in the United States with The American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) stating that customers should stop using the prams immediately and contact the company for a repair kit. The voluntary recall comes after a dozen children had their fingers amputated after capturing them in the hinge while the pushchairs were being unfolded.

Models affected include Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller manufactured between 1999 and 2009.

A Maclaren spokeswoman confirmed that the same models with the same mechanisms to those being recalled in the USA are also sold in the UK but stressed that they conform to different trading standards in Europe and that models sold in Britain were not affected by the recall.

However, parents in the UK should note that consumer group Which? is calling for UK owners of Maclaren buggies to get the same safety kit as US consumers are going to receive.  Lizzy Ruffles, pushchair expert at Which?, said: ‘Maclaren pushchairs meet all relevant British and US safety standards. However, consumers in the US are being offered a free safety kit to add to their Maclaren pushchair and we think that British consumers should be offered the same protection.

The chance that children will trap their fingers in the folding hinge applies to all pushchairs that use an umbrella folding mechanism, and not just those from Maclaren. Parents should consider the folding hinge on a pushchair in the same way they would the hinge of an opening and closing door. Inevitably a product that folds in this way will carry some risk to children.  Parents should always ensure their child is well away from any hinges or folding parts when folding or unfolding a pushchair.

Which? tested a range of Maclaren pushchairs and found that they conform to the European safety standard EN1888. However, their website states their intention to continue to investigate this issue to establish whether there is any danger to British children

In terms of Maclaren pushchair owners in the US,  parents and care-givers should get the repair kit immediately. The spokeswoman said that the free repair kit  – which can be ordered via their website www.maclarenbaby.com – provided hinge covers for each side of the pushchair, which would restrict access to the hinges.  The pushchair will remain fully functional with the hinge covers attached.

On its website, Maclaren stresses that safety remains its top priority and urges consumers to contact the firm immediately to obtain the repair kit.

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