Just got a press release from Maclaren's publicists reaffirming the company's "unwavering commitment to child safety," their "Zero Tolerance policy of safety issues," and that their "umbrella strollers meet all U.S. ASTM & JPMA compliance standards." Oh, also, they're recalling all their umbrella strollers because of at least 12 fingertip amputations.
The full text is after the jump:
Voluntary Recall Announced by Maclaren USA
HIGHLY REGARDED FOR SAFETY, MACLAREN VOLUNTARILY PROVIDES CHILD PROOF SOLUTION FOR ITS STROLLERS SOLD IN THE U.S.
(South Norwalk, CT-- November 9, 2009) Consistent with Maclaren USA's unwavering commitment to child safety, we are providing U.S. consumers notice of a voluntary recall of all Maclaren umbrella strollers sold in the U.S. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maclaren is providing free of charge to all affected consumers and retailers a kit to cover the elbow joint on the umbrella stroller's side hinge mechanism which can pose a potential finger hazard to a child when the operator is opening or closing the umbrella stroller.
Safety is Maclaren's first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren umbrella strollers. These easy to fit hinge covers will insure proper precautions are taken by the operator to avoid injury when opening or closing the umbrella stroller.
This voluntary recall does not relate to U.S. standards not being met. Maclaren umbrella strollers meet all U.S. ASTM & JPMA compliance standards. These certifications guarantee Maclaren umbrella strollers meet the required maximum safety standards. Maclaren umbrella strollers have served as the benchmark for quality for umbrella strollers and have maintained outstanding records for safety along with durability for over 40 years.
To obtain the hinge covers consumers can visit our website at
www.maclaren.us/recall or contact us toll-free at 877-688-2326 between the hours of 9am - 5pm Eastern Time. Maclaren U.S.A. stresses all operators read the instruction manual prior to use which contains valuable safety tips and service recommendations.
Since 1967, Maclaren has engineered its strollers to specifically exceed global standards for safety, reliability and durability. Nothing carries the Maclaren name until it is researched, tried and tested. Maclaren's formal compulsory Zero Tolerance policy of safety issues is built upon the provenance when you buy something for your baby excellence is the least you expect.
Important Safety Tips from Maclaren
Always read the operating instructions before use--don't force the mechanisms--stop and check the instructions.
Keep children clear of the stroller during opening and folding.
Never leave your child unattended in a stroller - even with the harness fastened.
Always use the safety harness.
Don't overload the stroller. Heavy items hanging from the handles can cause the stroller to topple over.