A leading manufacturer of pushchairs in the USA has had to recall around one million pushchairs, after it was discovered that 12 children had lost fingertips when catching them in the hinges.
All Maclaren single and double buggies, including the popular Techno model, have been voluntarily recalled by the company.
The US (CPSC) has recommended that customers should stop using the pushchairs immediately, in order to avoid further accidents.
The issue seems to be with the folding and unfolding hinges, which can lead to finger lacerations if they get caught up.
Maclaren have now stated that they will not be organised a recall in Europe, as the pushchairs abide by European safety legislation.
They claim the product is completely safe if folded and unfolded correctly.
The firm has received 15 reports of children placing their fingers in the hinge mechanism. 12 of these have led to amputations of fingertips.
The solution to the problem is a set of hinge covers, which Maclaren is now offering customers for free.
The recalled models include the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.A spokesperson from Maclaren USA has stated that "The voluntary recall is to alert the operator when opening or closing the stroller of the possible risk of injury.
"Safety is our first priority and through this voluntary effort we urge consumers to contact us immediately to obtain the kit which consists of hinge covers designed specifically to fit all Maclaren strollers."