Maclaren Strollers Chop off Baby Fingers? Hey, Whatev.
Just like the manufacturer, parents on both coasts in no great rush to make their perambulators safe.
We're officially in Day 4 of the Maclaren stroller recall, and it's abundantly clear that far too few parents have gotten the message. In case you haven't heard (or are not a multitasking metro-mommy or -daddy) fancy pants British baby-stuff maker Maclaren has recalled every single stroller it has sold since 1999 for this compelling reason: Their hinges amputate little baby fingers. Twelve little baby fingers in America so far, to be exact. In fact, the New York Post (guardian of truth that it is) reported today that Maclaren knew of the defect for five years—five—before issuing a recall. Parents have been surprisingly nonchalant, while nonparents (like me, for instance) seem to have been gripped by news that the decade's must-have child accessory is actually evil. Brooklyn alone is swimming in schadenfreude.
But back to the parents for a second: What's wrong with you people? The New York Times' City Room blog reported on Wednesday that pram-pushers in Park Slope, the Big Apple's de facto Maclaren capital, were utterly uninterested in the recall and the easy-to-install safety kits that render their pricey strollers harmless. We know the risks, they blithely told the Times. I'll take my chances. But that's New York for you, right?