• Mon, Mar 5 2012

Maclaren Stroller Files For Bankruptcy, Which Sucks Because They’re Better Than Bugaboo

maclaren bankruptcyI’ve been excited by strollers a total of two times. The first was when I ordered a souped-up Bugaboo, only to be told that it wouldn’t arrive in time for my due date unless I smuggled one into Canada from the U.S. That made me freak out in a way that only a hormonal pregnant woman can, and to this day I’m mortified by the whole thing.

The second was when I decided that I hate my $900 Bugaboo and so I invested $100 in a Maclaren umbrella stroller instead. That made me happy to no end. Finally, a stroller that was functional yet didn’t weigh a ton and didn’t require me to have a PhD in engineering just to figure out to set the damn thing up.

By the time my second child rolled around I was all Maclaren, all the time. My little guy’s turning three next month, and so my days of pushing around a stroller are limited. Yet I’m saddened by the news that Maclaren Stroller has filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. That’s because their strollers are better than most of the outrageously expensive and fancier ones out there in the market today, as I discovered first-hand. And so I hate to see them fail.

Granted, Maclaren has had its issues. In 2009, for instance, the company recalled a million strollers after hinges cut of the fingers of 12 children (yikes!). But then again, even Bugaboo had to issue a product recall at one point because its wheels weren’t swiveling properly, causing the stroller to flip over.

Daddy Types explains how Maclaren – which is British owned – is actually engaged in some seemingly sketchy behavior at the moment (for example, the company was very hush-hush about filing for bankruptcy in the U.S. in late December – so much so that not even retailers or industry people knew about the move). The good news is that the strollers are reportedly still being sold in the U.S. (for now), just not under the Maclaren USA banner. The bad news is that something shady is going on.

It’s really too bad. They may not have been the sleekest or coolest strollers in the marketplace, but I always found Maclarens to be superior to the more coveted, celebrity-endorsed brands out there.

(Photo: maclarenbaby.com)

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  • Bill James

    I’m a new grandfather and purchased a new stroller and I always research products before purchasing. To see my research results visit Maclaren Strollers.

  • Tim

    Run as fast as you can from a MacLaren stroller. My son lost part of his finger …it happened in a second and there was nothing you could do to stop it.

    The moment the lawsuits started to roll in from dozens of kids who had the same horrible fate…MacLaren files for bankruptcy protection.

    Spineless. These kids will have the impact of this for the rest of their lives! And MacLaren runs and hides. Glad to see how much they love kids…Not!

  • Cindy

    Honestly I never found Maclaren strollers to be safe or that they gave children property support. Unlike the writer I loved my bugaboo stroller and held onto for 4 years and my son has never had a more comfortable, secure and supportive stroller. We do now own an ABC buggy because we have multiples, I rather give up easy to open and close over having my child put into some awfully built Maclaren.