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    helaina Guest

    Default Mountain Buggy saves a baby's life...twice

    Yesterday a 7-month-old girl survived a building collapsing on her because her MBUD folded into a cocoon to protect her. Several years ago a child was strapped in a MB when the stroller was hit by a car. The stroller was thrown but the child remained safely strapped in.


    NZ baby-buggy turns life saver in NY building collapse
    18 July 2005

    Engineers who made the baby-buggy that saved the life
    of an American infant when a building fell on it in
    downtown New York have asked for the crumpled stroller
    to be returned to New Zealand.

    They hope a closer look may give some design clues
    that could be used in future designs, says the chief
    engineer for Tritec Manufacturing of Lower Hutt, Jesse
    Muru Paenga,

    Afterwards, it will take place of honour among a
    collection of Mountain Buggy designs dating from the
    early models that pioneered big-wheeled strollers for
    robust use in the outdoors, he said.

    The stroller, a "double urban" model, folded around
    Abby Lurensky, aged seven months, when a partly
    demolished supermarket collapsed on her and a nanny
    last Thursday, her family said.

    The uninjured baby was released from hospital after
    checks, but her nanny is still there, with a broken
    arm and broken leg.

    Paramedics told the New York Times that the baby
    initially was unresponsive and turning blue when
    bystanders dug through a tangle of concrete and steel
    to free her crumpled carriage from the wreckage of a
    supermarket being demolished.

    But the child was largely unhurt by the shower of
    debris thanks to cover from her NZ-made stroller and
    nanny, Brunilda Tirado.

    The strollers, made of padded fabric stretched over
    lightweight aluminium frames, ride on 30cm air-filled
    tyres and sell for more than $US600 ($NZ901) each.

    Alan Jurysta, president of Sycamore Kids of Denver,
    the American importer of the strollers, is giving the
    family a new one.

    And, in Lower Hutt, Mr Muru Paenga said he was "over
    the moon" that the baby had survived.

    "That's the number one thing - if it (the stroller)
    helped to save the baby - that's just great," he said.

    Tritec had been involved with the manufacture of
    Mountain Buggy designs since the strollers were first
    manufactured 12 years ago and, after taking over the
    company last year, had a collection of different
    models and designs from previous years.

    Mr Muru Paenga said that several years ago a Mountain
    Buggy had been reported to have kept safe a child
    strapped in it despite having been thrown more than
    30m when struck by a vehicle. But he emphasised it was
    not possible to design strollers strong enough to hold
    up a building or handle being run over.

    The frame of the 16kg urban double stroller is made of
    a single piece of aluminium alloy, and the design
    resembles the strong A-frame of a house.

    Oren Adler, 34, a financial adviser who was walking by
    the partly demolished supermarket at West 100th Street
    when a flood of bricks and plaster spilled onto
    Broadway, said that within seconds 30 pairs of hands
    were digging at the pile. They clawed through dust and
    rubble and cleared away a concrete slab to find an arm
    sticking out.

    The crowd of construction workers and neighbours
    pulled Ms Tirado free, her arms covered in blood, and
    kept going. Digging away before emergency workers
    arrived they passed the bricks back from hand to hand.

    The crowd lifted a steel beam high enough for a
    construction worker, Alfredo Ramos, 50, to crawl into
    the wreckage: "The steel beam was about two inches
    (5cm) from its face. I pulled the baby out," he said.

    Abby's parents, Steven and Heidi Lurensky, said Ms
    Tirado, 56, was a hero.

    The New York Times reported the incident was
    extraordinary for all involved, "including that
    life-saving stroller". It was the 2004 model of a line
    of Mountain Buggy urban single and urban double
    strollers. Models from the 2005 line were recalled
    last week because a handlebar could fall off.

    Mr Muru Paenga said some city dwellers had found the
    handlebar either cracked or broke when the stroller
    was pulled backwards up a lot of stairs. The urban
    strollers had been designed for walking rather than
    robust outdoor use such as jogging. Most of the
    problems had been reported in New York and Sweden.

    Mountain Buggy director Charlie Fairbrother said the
    recall of the 2005 model was to replace a plastic part
    with one made of nylon: "There's been some design
    changes which have made it stronger."

    Both he and Mr Muru Paenga said the New York incident
    provided some welcome good news after the recall.

    The Manhattan building collapse is being investigated
    by the district attorney's office and health and
    safety officials, and the city council's buildings
    department has charged the demolition company with
    three alleged safety violations.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Teaneck, NJ, USA.

    Default RE: Mountain Buggy saves a baby's life...twice

    Ironic how there was a recall like a day later for the handle bars coming off...


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 1999

    Default RE: Mountain Buggy saves a baby's life...twice

    The company actually issued the reacall a while ago. It's not that the handlebars come off. But there have been incidents in which the adjustable bar cracked when people dragged it backwards up the stairs. I do the same thing all the time, but I have an older model, without any plastic on the handle, so it is fine.

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