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No UK recall for Maclaren buggies

Maclaren pushchair
One of the Maclaren pushchairs being recalled by the firm

British pushchair maker Maclaren has said baby buggies which have cut off children's fingertips will be recalled in the US but not in the UK.

The firm has recalled a million folding buggies after 12 cases of "fingertip amputation" caused by hinges.

Maclaren said the term recall had a different meaning in the US, and included modifications that could be made by customers to improve products.

The company said the pushchairs were safe when used correctly.

Maclaren said in a statement: "As further reassurance we have updated our operating instructions and placed a warning label on the buggy to ensure that customers take care and keep children away from the buggy when it is being folded or unfolded.

"Our advice is that consumers should take the same level of caution and care as when opening or closing a car door or any other moving part that can be found in many other baby and toddler products."

Elbow joint

The models recalled in the US include the Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, Techno XLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

Patty Davis of the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the US said it had received a total of 15 reports of injuries to children's fingers, including 12 amputations.

Maclaren USA 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.

The firm said its products complied with European safety legislation and that the risk of injury was "non-existent" if consumers followed instructions for their use.

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