What parents need to know about Maclaren stroller recall
When a high-end baby stroller company recalled about one million strollers Monday after reports that children’s fingers were being amputated on the hinges, some parents panicked, and at least one personal-injury lawyer started looking for clients.
Maclaren USA Inc., a popular British baby buggy company whose strollers typically retail for more than $125, issued a voluntary recall of nine models after receiving 12 reports of children amputating their fingertips on stroller hinges while caretakers were folding or unfolding the strollers.
Even The Law Offices of James Sokolove, known for ubiquitous TV and radio ads offering support to mishap and accident victims, offered victims of stroller-related injuries legal assistance through its Web site and by advertising on Google.
But Sheri Gurock, co-founder and owner of the Magic Beans baby and toddler gear store, which has locations in Hingham, Brookline and Wellesley, said parents have little reason to worry.
“(The panic) is completely unwarranted,” Gurock said.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 1 million Maclaren strollers were sold from 1999 to November 2009. In that time, only 15 people have reported children hurting themselves on the hinges.
“The language of the recall is very scary,” Gurock said. “As a parent you see the word ‘amputation’ and you can’t read anything else, you’re just stuck on that word, but it’s such an unlikely scenario.”
Children’s fingers will be safe if parents and caretakers make sure the strollers are locked into the open position before letting children near them, she said.
Gurock’s stores sell eight of nine recalled models, which range in price from $79.99 for a car seat frame to $379.99 for a double stroller, according to the company’s Web site.
Though the recall was for Maclaren strollers only, Gurock said parents should watch their children’s hands when around any umbrella stroller as well as door hinges and other folding objects.
Magic Beans stores removed Maclaren strollers from display racks after they heard of the recall Monday, Gurock said. On Thursday, after retrofitting all the strollers with plastic hinge covers to protect stray hands, Gurock decided to begin selling the strollers again.
“We sold two Maclaren strollers,” she said. “People are being reasonable about this.”
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How kids get hurt: When caretakers do not ensure the strollers are locked in the open position before placing their children in them, kids can poke their fingers into the hinges and get hurt when the caretaker pushes the stroller down to lock it.
Strollers sold since 1999: About 1 million.
Children injured by strollers since 1999: 15 – three lacerations, 12 amputations.
What parents can do: Order free plastic hinge covers at recall.maclaren.us/order.php; Make sure strollers are locked in the open position before inserting child.
Affected models: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sheri Gurock