This umbrella stroller is linked to fingertip amputation of children.
James E. Ballidis
Since the serious fingertip amputations of 12 children, Maclaren USA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have instituted a voluntarily recalled of over one million strollers.
The recall involves all of Maclaren’s single and double umbrella strollers. The affected models were sold at Target, Babies “R” Us and other juvenile retailers nationwide from 1999 through November of this year. Models include Volo, Triumph Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph and Easy Traveller.
The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a huge risk of laceration or finger amputation to young toddles and babies. To date there has been 15 injury reports but the CPSC is still interested in receiving any other reports. For a full list of recalled items and other baby products that may have been recalled, visit www.cpsc.gov
If you have a Maclaren stroller, stop using it immediately and please call their toll free number (877) 688-2326 or visit their website at www.maclaren.us/recall for the free repair kit. After placing the repair on the stroller, they should be safe for normal use again.
Consumer Reports. www.consumerreports.org/ is one of the foremost authorities on unbiased consumer testing. Here are 5 tips of the most common mistakes new users have when using a stroller:
1. Failing to make sure the stroller is fully locked into its “open” position before strapping in your child. It’s easy to skip this step when you’re in a rush, and some strollers require force and effort to make sure they lock. Make it a point to listen for that all-important click every time, or the stroller might fold in--with your child in it.
2. Forgetting to buckle up your child, even if you’re just wheeling him or her up the block, or going slowly. You never know when you could hit a bump that could cause a nasty tumble, so make sure your little one is properly strapped in.
3. Failing to brake. It only takes a slight incline to send the stroller rolling away from you. Put your foot on the brake when you take your hands off the stroller, even if you’re stopping for just a moment.
4. Treating your stroller like a shopping cart. Parents often toss a shopping bag or purse around the handles, but if the stroller wasn’t designed to carry that extra weight it could tip over. Having a basket or storage area under the stroller helps, but be sure to check the directions for weight limits before you stash items there.
5. Using a hand-me-down without checking its history. A stroller purchased years ago for an older child might have since been recalled. Before you dust it off for reuse, check with the manufacturer or the Consumer Product Safety Commission for product alerts. Even if it hasn’t been recalled, there are other reasons you might want to consider buying a brand-new set of wheels. Stroller safety standards are regularly reviewed, so newer models might be a better bet. They might also have new features that make them easier to use.
Baby and children items are unfortunately one of the largest sectors of recalled products in the country. Buy smart and keep our children safe.
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