Maclaren Issues Safety Update For Strollers Sold Prior To 2010

New 2011 Maclaren Volo

For the first and only time in the company’s history, Maclaren USA, Inc. in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced a voluntary recall back in 2009, to notify consumers about the hazard of the strollers’ hinge mechanism. The hinge posed a potential hazard to children when their parents were opening or closing the stroller.

This was one of the most successful US safety campaigns issued in the parenting category. Not only did Maclaren voluntarily provide elbow covers on a global basis, they also rectified the solution with their new models, demonstrated that they answer not only to their own standards but tho those mandated by region.

In a statement released to the press today, Maclaren said:

“It should be noted that the hazards posed by hinge mechanisms were inherent not just to Maclaren products, but to nearly all umbrella-fold models. It is also important to note that there are no federal or state mandated standards in the United States in respect of strollers. This category remains unregulated with tremendous risk to consumers who expect and assume otherwise. The CPSC records approximately 11,500 stroller-related injuries each year, about 500 of which relate to finger injuries including hinge-related ones.”

Maclaren would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize to parents the importance of taking precautions specifically when opening and closing strollers. Children should be kept well away from the stroller during this action, and by no means to open or close the stroller while the child is seated in it. Maclaren has completely eliminated the risk of hinge-related injury for products purchased after May 2010, but in using any product for children necessary care and common sense should always apply.

Maclaren will continue to offer free hinge covers to any consumers who have purchased the old-style hinge strollers prior to 2010 upon request (All Maclaren models currently for sale do not require hinge covers).

Consumers can contact Maclaren USA, Inc. at 203 354-4400 between 8 AM and 5 PM (EDT) Monday – Friday or request covers by email from hingecovers@maclaren-usa.com. Consumers in other countries can obtain free hinge covers by contacting the Maclaren Customer Service line in their respective country.