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Maclaren USA Stroller Recall Re-announced after Additional Injuries

By Kelly Balamuth on May 16, 2011

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Maclaren USA, Inc., re-announced the recall of approximately one million Maclaren strollers due to additional reports of fingertip amputations and lacerations. The original recall was announced in November 2009 and included strollers sold prior to that date. It was implemented due to a hazard with the stroller’s hinge mechanism, which poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is unfolded or opened.

Maclaren has received 149 reports of injury incidents with the strollers to-date, with 37 of those reported injuries occurring after the initial November 2009 recall. The post-November recall injuries include five fingertip amputations, 16 lacerations, and 16 finger entrapments and bruising. The original recall was announced after 15 incidents of injury.

The affected Maclaren strollers, which have the word “Maclaren” printed on the stroller, include all single and double umbrella strollers sold before November 2009. Any Maclaren strollers sold after May 2010 have a different hinge design and are not affected by this recall.

Consumers who have not installed the hinge covers should contact Maclaren immediately at hingecovers@maclaren-usa.com or 877-688-2326 to obtain a free repair kit. Consumers may also call the CPSC recall hotline for more information at 800-638-2772.

It is the duty of every manufacturer and distributor to ensure that they are producing and selling safe products. Properly testing products before placing them on the market may determine whether any defects exist. Oftentimes, even after adequate product testing, a defect may exist, but it is then the duty of a company to recall their product before serious injury occurs. Unfortunately, recalls often come too late. The knowledgeable Walnut Creek dangerous product lawyers at Balamuth Harrington help injured victims of dangerous products in Northern California pursue full and just compensation for their injuries and related losses from negligent manufacturers and distributors. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights at 888-254-1234.

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