Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission decided to reannounce the recall of defective Maclaren strollers. The CPSC decided to reannounce the recall after receiving 37 reported injuries since the original recall in November 2009. As a Plantation Products Liability Attorney, what frightens me most is the following: of those 37 reported injuries since the November 2009 recall, there have been five fingertip amputations, 16 lacerations and 16 fingertip entrapments/bruising. Moreover, it is children who are suffering these injuries, which is why this recall is so important.
According to the CPSC Maclaren USA Stroller Recall Reannouncement, the reason for the recall is that, “The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.” In combination with the previous recall, about one million strollers are affected. As a Plantation Personal Injury Lawyer, I think that the sheer volume of this recall is an issue. One million children were and continue to be at risk for serious injury, since according to the CSPC, this product continues to be defective.
For those who might be interested, the 2009 CPSC Maclaren USA Recall Report can be found here. In total, there have been 149 reported incidents with the strollers when both recalls are taken into account. In my opinion, as a Plantation Personal Injury Attorney, what makes this recall such an important issue is the fact that so many children are involved and potentially at risk for harm. In fact, the reason for the reannouncement of the recall is that the defective Maclaren strollers continue to be widely used by parents, which means that there is still significant potential for fingertip injuries.
I think that the key going forward is how quickly the word can spread about this recall so that parents stop transporting their children in these defective strollers. Unfortunately, if someone is unaware of a product defect then they don’t have any reason to be suspicious until it is too late. Thus, as a Plantation Products Liability Lawyer, I wanted to do my part to help spread the news about this Maclaren stroller recall to as many parents as possible, since they might not find out about the recall elsewhere. I truly hope that the reannouncement of the Maclaren stroller recall can help prevent any more children from suffering fingertip injuries going forward.