Defective Strollers Can Pose Serious Danger to Children
The stroller industry remains highly unregulated, and there are no federal or state mandated standards in the U.S. even today for strollers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there are about 11,500 unrecorded stroller-related injuries each year in the United States. About 500 of these injuries are hinge-related and result in injuries to children's fingers.
Many umbrella-fold models of strollers have had hinge mechanism problems. Maclaren USA was probably one of the most recognizable of these stroller manufacturers and ended up recalling almost one million of its strollers back in November of 2009, after about 12 accidents occurred where children's fingers were amputated due to a problem with their hinge system.
About 149 reports of injuries in total were received by the CPSC. The recall affected the single and double umbrella strollers that were made prior to November 2009. When the stroller was being unfolded or opened, the hinge mechanism could cut or amputate a child's fingers.
The company provided hinge covers for the old-style hinges on the strollers built before 2010. This kit, which was offered free by the company, provided covers for the elbow joint on the stroller's hinge mechanism. About 300,000 past customers had taken advantage of these kits within 18 months. The strollers that they sold after May 2010 had a different hinge design put on to avoid the danger to children.
The stroller recall and its reports went viral online. The company took remedial measures by voluntarily recalling its product, posting safety videos online, providing free repair kits, and providing a Facebook page for information. However, the 42-year-old British company faced huge backlash from parents and probably lost a lot of its customers.
These days consumers are much more in the driver's seat when it comes to keeping companies accountable for their actions and the products they produce. It may seem crazy that 12 children had to get their fingers cut off before the recall was issued but that is a small percentage of units that were sold worldwide. The public is empowered along with the CPSC to make sure that products that they use are safe and reliable. When it comes to children, this standard is raised even higher.
If your child has suffered injuries from a dangerous or defective stroller, there are options you have so you should speak with our Georgia products liability attorneys at Montlick and Associates to learn about these options. If a dangerous or defective product has injured your child, including a Maclaren Stroller, we invite you to contact us to learn about your right to compensation for your child's injuries. Our Georgia product liability lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.