STOP PRESS: Maclaren has issued a statement on remedial action on its website.
Following the recall of one million Maclaren buggies in the United States Northamptonshire County Council trading standards, which is the company’s home authority in the UK, have issued the following statement to explain why no such action is being taken here.
Interim head of trading standards David Hedger said: ‘Firstly I would like to make clear that a recall in the US is not the same as the UK. The product recall in the US is to alert people to a potential safety risk and no products are being actually taken back from consumers.
‘Maclaren approached us seeking our advice on this issue (September 2009). Because the pushchairs conform to EU regulations and there has only been one reported injury involving a Maclaren pushchair in the UK, we advised them that a recall in this country or EU was not a legal requirement. Any decision to voluntarily take action in relation to such products would have to be made by Maclaren as we have no power to recall a product that conforms to safety standards.
‘This issue acts as a timely reminder to parents to take extra care when putting up any children’s equipment that has a folding mechanism.’
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on 9 November after 12 reports of children placing their finger in the hinge mechanism, resulting in the fingertip becoming amputated.
The models affected are: Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.
Consumers who have concerns over the safety of their pushchair should contact the manufacturer or Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.