Baby buggy firm to pay out for injured children
The baby buggy manufacturer Maclaren has agreed to compensate more than 40 British children whose fingers were seriously injured in the hinges of its folding pushchairs.
Legal firm Russell Jones & Walker said that, although refusing to admit liability, the firm and its insurers had agreed to make full damages awards.
The individual amounts will be dependent on the severity of the injuries and will be invested until the children reach the age of 18.
The children were aged between one and eight when they were hurt, with some cases dating back to 2003. Many needed surgery after losing part of a finger, while others fractured bones or suffered deep lacerations.
In 2009, Maclaren recalled one million prams in the US after reports of similar injuries but, said the lawyers, it insisted that UK buggies were not affected and a recall has not taken place in this country. Hinge covers are available but consumers must request them via the firm's website.
Richard Langton, who led the group litigation, said: “Injuries still occur. What all my clients want is that no one else suffers needless injury.”