When you unfold your swanky Maclaren umbrella-style stroller, you don't expect to sever a child's finger. But a dozen kids reportedly lost fingers that way, prompting the maker of upscale strollers to recall about 1 million of them.
One of the Maclaren strollers being recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission released information on the affected strollers today.
The recall applies to every umbrella stroller Maclaren has distributed in the US since 1999. The specific models are: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
The CPSC says the strollers' hinge mechanism, "poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller."
It's a huge recall and one that strikes at the core of the company's image with well-heeled consumers. The company Web site, which is pretty hard to access today amid the recall buzz, touts "the above-industry standard safety features" on the iconic strollers.
The company isn't replacing or refunding money spent on the affected models. Instead, Maclaren asks consumer to stop using them "immediately" and call for a free "repair kit" to cover the hinge.
That could take a while. We just tried the recall hotline a bunch of times and got nothing but a busy signal.