Maclaren hasn’t even officially announced the news yet, but according to various reports today, they’re set to announce on Tuesday a massive recall of 1 million umbrella strollers sold between 1999 and the present. Crap.
They’ll release specific model numbers tomorrow, but if the number is that huge, and if it’s really ALL of their umbrella strollers, I’m betting that my 2003 Volo (it’s old! it’s been through two kids!) will be among those recalled. The reason for the recall? A faulty hinge has accidentally cut off the fingertips of 12+ kids as the stroller is being opened or closed — !!! The company plans to make stroller repair kits that will fix the problem available to parents through their web site. (The Maclaren U.S. site appears to be up and down today, no doubt due to overwhelming traffic.)
Although Magnolia is 3, we do still use the stroller. Without it, walks that normally take 15 minutes would take twice as long, at least. Luckily, she doesn’t have the roaming, prying little baby fingers that would be so likely to get caught. But, still — we’ll have to be careful until we get that repair kit. And we will get it if our stroller is one of the faulty ones.
Do you have a Maclaren? Are you worried about the rumored recall?
UPDATE: It’s official now. So, here are the deets on the recall, including a list of the models being recalled. But, basically, if you have a folding Maclaren stroller from 1999 or later, it’s on the list.