November 9, 2009

Macopalypse 2009: The CPSC Version

So here's the official CPSC recall announcement for the Maclaren Everythings, for your headline-comparing entertainment:

Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Maclaren Strollers

Units: About one million

Distributor: Maclaren USA, Inc., of South Norwalk, Conn.

Hazard: The stroller's hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their finger in the stroller's hinge mechanism, resulting in 12 reports of fingertip amputations in the United States.

Description: This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word "Maclaren" is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Sold at: Babies"R"Us, Target and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide from 1999 through November 2009 for between $100 and $360.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Maclaren USA toll-free at (877) 688-2326 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at

Of note: 15 reports, 12 "amputations in the United States." [emphasis added to remind you that Americans are either just unlucky, over-regulated, or the tip [!] of the iceberg.] Also, yelling does not make the list of recommended remedies.


I stubbed my little toe on my Vax the other day and broke a bone! Damn thing was right in the way and it's so heavy it didn't move! Shouldn't be allowed I tell you! If only I was in America, I could get those pesky Vax's recalled to save this kind of atrocity happening to some other unsuspecting housewife! Until they come to my house and fit it with a toe detecting sensor that makes it move out of the way when I approach, I'm going to lock it in a cupboard where it can't do me any harm!!

I don't know what a Vax is, but when I was little, I used to play with the canister vacuum cleaner. The last time I poked my finger through the foam air filter, I got my fingertip chomped by the whirring metal fan blade. Spattered blood everywhere. Like I said, though, it was the last time I did it.

This seems like a silly recall- I mean, I feel for those kids, but how does this happen? It seems like after all the people complaining about wheels snapping off of Maclarens that they would recall them for something like that. And was it on DT that I read Maclaren suggests you buy new wheels every year or something ridiculous? So glad I traded in my Mac Quest for a Bug Bee.

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