Maclaren pushchair injury claims to be investigated

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Maclaren pushchair injury claims to be investigated

13th November 2009

Claims that children in the UK have been injured by Maclaren pushchairs are to be investigated by the British company.

The news comes in the week that a million of its pushchairs were recalled in America, after a number of cases of children slicing off their fingertips in the hinges of buggies were reported.

Maclaren said it would not be taking the same step in the UK because there was less concern in this country and Trading Standards had recorded just one case, although many British parents have told the media they have suffered a similar experience.

Martin James, associate with personal injury specialists Fentons Solicitors LLP, said he welcomed the move to investigate the British injury claims.

"Any injury to a child is a horrific experience for the child, but is equally so for the parent," said Martin. "Seeing your child suffer in any way is a traumatic experience for parents, and some of the injuries described - including a girl losing the pad of her finger when it was trapped in the pushchair's hinges - are quite horrific.

"Hundreds of people have contacted the media to describe similar problems, and it stands to reason that they might wish to pursue a claim for compensation," he said. "It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the coming weeks."

Maclaren has voluntarily launched a recall of all its single and double umbrella pushchairs in the US, including the popular Volo and Techno products, and its US arm is providing customers with a kit to cover the "elbow joint" on the hinge mechanism.

The Northamptonshire-based company decided not to recall the products in the UK after consultation with trading standards officials.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
If you or a family member has suffered an injury that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - BBC, Guardian