Safety concern for all

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 November, 2009, 12:00am

A million Maclaren strollers have been voluntarily recalled in the United States, but no recall has been issued in Hong Kong. This is unacceptable.

The recall was made after reports that 12 children had their fingertips cut off by the stroller's hinge. The hinge mechanism of the single and double umbrella-fold strollers was manufactured on the mainland.

Maclaren says the strollers meet or exceed safety standards, provided the owners follow instructions correctly. But I think it is unsafe to use them. If children get hurt, it would be all the more unacceptable because we allowed it to happen although we knew about the problem.

I don't understand why the company is recalling strollers sold only in the United States. It should recall the strollers from all the countries where they are being sold. This is how a responsible company would act in such a situation.

Chau Ting-fong, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Ting-fong. Different countries have different standards of safety - some will only make a recall after there is an accident. After reading your letter, Young Post phoned Maclaren yesterday to find out why these strollers have not been recalled. A spokeswoman for Maclaren (HK) said the company had no plan for a voluntary recall in Hong Kong and its strollers met safety standards providing owners followed instructions correctly.

'We would like to reassure all users that their buggy is not only safe to use, but meets or often exceeds EU, US and Australian safety standards. If they follow our safety instructions while folding and unfolding their stroller, the risk of accidents is nil,' she said.

She also said the company had introduced safety enhancement kits - which cover the hinges where fingers may be caught. The parts were now available in Hong Kong.

Susan, Editor