Brussels, 3 December 2009
Consumers: EU Consumer Commissioner welcomes Maclaran decision to provide hinge cover safety kits for all European consumers
Speaking today after a meeting in Brussels with Mr. Farzad Rastegar CEO of Maclaren US, EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva welcomed the decision by Maclaren to provide all European consumers with hinge cover safety kits for pushchair buggies, on request. From 2010, all new pushchairs will have hinge covers as a standard accessory. The decision by Maclaren is announced in letter from Maclaren to Commissioner Kuneva (see below).
Commissioner Kuneva said, "There can be no compromise on safety. The statement from Maclaren today is a very positive step forwards. It responds to the concerns of many anxious parents across Europe who have quite rightly been asking questions in recent weeks. This decision by Maclaren will give consumers across Europe the peace of mind and high safety standards they deserve."
On November 9 2009, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm Maclaren, announced a voluntary corrective action. The action involved 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. Nearly one million Maclaren pushchairs were "recalled" in the US.
The announcement from the CPC stated that the stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration risk to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.
Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled strollers and contact Maclaren USA to receive a free repair kit.
In a statement, Maclaren Europe Limited said its products had been assessed and were safe. It added: "We wish to reassure our customers that they should continue to use their existing Maclaren buggies since they are safe when opened and closed correctly. "
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