All Maclaren strollers were recalled in November 2009 after 12 children were reported to have their fingers amputated by Maclaren hinges; Maclaren has since added protective hinge covers to its strollers. Otherwise, we found excellent reviews for the Maclaren Quest Mod (and similar Quest Sport), and as with most Maclaren umbrella strollers, its durability and easy maneuverability are highlights. The 12.2-pound Maclaren Quest Mod, however, is nearly identical to the cheaper Maclaren Triumph (*Est. $190). For the extra money, you get two extra reclining positions, some reflective accents, a UV viewing window in the sun canopy and an extendable leg rest -- additions that might not be worth the extra cost over the Maclaren Triumph.
We found the best reviews of the Maclaren Quest Mod posted by parents at Windsorpeak.com, the "Baby Bargains" companion website, who go into great depth about the pros and cons of this umbrella stroller. The Maclaren Quest Mod also receives a fair amount of comments from owners posting to Epinions.com and a thorough review by the British consumer publication Which? magazine. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has details on the hinge recall.
1. Consumer Product Safety Commission
This government website publishes official information about the Maclaren hinge recall, including which models are affected and how to get protective hinge covers if you already own a Maclaren stroller.
Review: Maclaren USA Recalls to Repair Strollers Following Fingertip Amputations, Editors of CPSC.gov, Nov. 9, 2009
2. Which? magazine
In its recent roundup of strollers, the U.K.'s Which? magazine (similar to ConsumerReports.org) chooses the Maclaren Quest Mod as a Best Buy. Editors say it's easy to push and steer, folds and unfolds easy and has a fair amount of storage space, but its small wheels aren't suited for rough terrain. Which? magazine is an excellent review publication, which at times is even more comprehensive than ConsumerReports.org.
Review: Pushchairs: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine
3. Baby Bargains
Authors Denise and Alan Fields offer a long section about Maclaren strollers in general in their book, comparing them against other brands, as well as comparing the different models in the Maclaren lineup. Reviews are based on some hands-on evaluation plus parent feedback.
Review: Strollers, Denise and Alan Fields, Eighth edition
Eight parents contribute reviews of the Maclaren Quest Mod here. Some are quite detailed and most are balanced and long enough to give readers a very good idea of what to expect from this stroller.
Review: Baby Bargains Book/Parent Product Reviews!, Contributors to Windsorpeak.com, Updated Jan. 4, 2010
About a dozen owners weigh in on the Maclaren Quest Mod, giving this umbrella stroller high-average ratings. One parent says she wishes the seat had a little extra padding.
Review: Quest Mod Umbrella Stroller -- Rose Pink, Contributors to Epinions.com