After several months of legal challenge, UK buggy manufacturer Maclaren have finally agreed personal injury compensation packages for over 40 children who had their fingers, allegedly, seriously injured in the hinges of the company’s folding pushchairs.
The compensation agreement concludes a long running claims saga which initially began in late 2009. Personal injury claims were brought against Maclaren following the recall of one million of their products after a string of injuries suffered by children in the USA.
Despite the compensation agreement, Maclaren stated that this did not equate to an admission of liability and had merely agreed to make full compensation damages awards in relation to personal injury, with the aid of its insurers. In their defence, Maclaren also pointed out that having sold over one million buggies in the UK over the past decade, they had only ever received around 100 complaints.
Individual amounts have been calculated depending on the severity of the personal injury suffered by each child with a majority of the payouts ranging from £2500 to £10,000.
Some of the personal injury claims made against the company dated back to 2003 and included a range of injuries such as partial amputation of fingers, deep lacerations and fractured bones.