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Maclaren Recalls 1 Million Strollers — Ours Is Probably One of Them

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Miss Magnolia -- showing off her summer birthday pedi -- in our Maclaren.

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.

And here’s an interview with Bahman Kia, the President of the Company, via the big-time baby gear gurus at Baby Bargains.


Goodbye to All That

What? I used to be a baby?

What? I used to be a baby?

We don’t have babies anymore.

We’re heading into the big birthday season of 2009, which means one kid is days away from turning 3 and the other from turning 5. There’s no denying that, at the moment, our baby days are behind us.

Which is why we just said goodbye to all of our baby stuff. A dear friend of mine is pregnant and about to become a single mama so, when she recently came for a visit, we gave her all of our favorite baby and maternity gear — slings, mat clothes, a great baby bathtub from France, activity gyms, a bouncy seat, a beautiful crib bumper, our breast pump.

I’m thrilled my friend will be able to put so many of the things we loved to good use, but, still, I was sad to see it go and the process of going through it all brought up so many memories and emotions. I do love the baby stage.

Should we have one more? Go for a third? On most days, I think we’re done, and I love the symmetry of our little family of four just as it is. But…. We’ll see.

Stay tuned.

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