Pushchair manufacturer Maclaren has taken the step of recalling all of its umbrella style strollers sold in the US. The move comes after concerns were raised over the safety of the designs, which are believed to pose an amputation risk if a child’s fingers get caught in the stroller’s folding mechanism.

Strollers Pose Amputation Risk

The recall affects all single and double umbrella fold models such as the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller, and has been prompted by fears that the folding mechanism could pose “a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child” says Maclaren USA.

Maclaren Voluntary Recall

In a statement on its company website the manufacturer says: “Maclaren USA’s Umbrella Strollers meet all U.S. ASTM & JPMA compliance standards. These certifications guarantee our umbrella strollers meet the maximum safety standards available. The voluntary recall is to alert the operator when opening or closing the stroller of the possible risk of injury.” The company adds that, “Safety is our first priority.”

Maclaren Child Safety Concerns

As a market leader in the infant and toddler transport field, the British company Maclaren was the pioneer of the umbrella fold design, and the company’s UK website says: “All Maclaren products are designed with child safety forefront in our minds.” However it is only US bought models that have been recalled with company representatives stressing that their products sold in Britain meet and exceed all European safety standards.

One Million Strollers Recalled

A BBC news report on the Maclaren pushchair recall claims as many as one million products across the US could be affected. Parents are being asked to return their strollers so that a free repair kit, including hinge covers to restrict access to the folding mechanism, can be fitted. And officials at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are urging consumers to take action before using the strollers again.

CSPC spokesman Patty Davis said: “The most important thing for parents and care-givers to remember is to get the repair kit immediately. Do not use the stroller unless you get the repair kit in place first.”

Parents Urged to Take Care

The recall of a number of popular strollers models in the USA is just the latest in a number of product recalls affecting parents of young children and serves as a stark reminder to parents that they must be aware of possible risks posed to their children at all times. Anyone affected by the product recall is urged to return their product to their retailer as soon as possible so that additional safety measures can be put in place