North Carolina Injuries to Children: 1 Million Maclaren Strollers Recall Warns about Fingertip Amputation Hazard

April 1, 2011, by Michael A. DeMayo

North Carolina and South Carolina parents with Maclaren strollers have reason to be concerned following reports that 12 children suffered fingertip amputations in the hinges of the foldable umbrella models. Following the child injury accidents, Maclaren and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling approximately one million strollers.

In some of the injuries to children cases, fingers were lost. Carlos DeWinter, 23 months, lost his right pinky in July 2003. He underwent multiple surgeries but doctors were not able to reattach it. His family filed a products liability lawsuit against Maclaren. The injury complaint was settled out of court.

Some people are wondering why the stroller manufacturer, a company that has long enjoyed a reputation for making dependable strollers, waited until so many amputation injuries happened before announcing a recall.

Nine models are named in the recall, which includes double and single strollers: Twin Techno, Quest Sport, Volo, Easy Traveller, Techno XT, Triumph, Twin Triumph, Quest Mod, and Techno XLR. The strollers were sold in the US between 1999 and 2009.

The kids’ fingertips were amputated while the umbrella strollers were being unfolded open/locked into place. Possible laceration injuries are also a concern. As part of the recall, Maclaren is offering safety kits that provide protective shields for the hinges.

Meantime, CPSC has decided to look at other umbrella strollers that come with similar hinge mechanisms to make sure other kids are not injured in the same manner.

A finger amputation can be an extremely traumatic and painful experience. Reattaching fingertip or finger does not mean full recovery. He or she may have undergo numerous surgeries, suffer loss of feeling in the finger, and sustain permanent disfigurement.

Our Charlotte, North Carolina injury lawyers represent clients with injuries to minor complaints whose kids were injured in car accidents, truck crashes, premises liability accidents, due to medical malpractice, or because of defective products.

Government Looks at Other Strollers After Maclaren Recall, November 10, 2009

For 5 Years, Maclaren Knew Strollers Were Amputating Fingers, Gothamist, November 12, 2009

Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations, CPSC, November 9, 2009

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