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Damaged push chair

(20 Posts)
daisychain2 Tue 03-Sep-13 00:41:30

My childminder has just returned my little ones push chair but it is damaged :-( she has looked after my child for 2 years now and I left a fairly expensive travel system with her to use but it has been returned with the hood not functioning at all - the zip is completely broken. I understand there will be some general marks/ damage but I think she should have told me as soon as it happened as I am now weeks off having baby number 2 and have been landed the expense of a new travel system :-( maybe I am being unreasonable as the push chair is 2 years old but I know if I had it for my own use I would have looked after it and I don't think this would have happened ........... Anyone had a similar issue?

i think you did well if it was used regularly for two years tbh

bootsycollins Tue 03-Sep-13 01:02:42

You don't need a new travel system, just order a new hood, unless you really want a new pram smile

You can get a zip replaced and it has been used for two years.

MidniteScribbler Tue 03-Sep-13 02:22:55

How can you assume you wouldn't have damaged it in two years?

LolaCrayola Tue 03-Sep-13 02:56:30

Is it just the hood that is broken? That is pretty good going after 2 years. As the previous poster asks, why would things have been different if you had been using the buggy? Maybe you don't go out?

iamadoozermum Tue 03-Sep-13 05:52:08

I don't think YABU. We had our travel system for 6 years and 3 DCs without any damage other than scuffs etc. - used pretty much every day. It would still have been perfect for DC4 (if DH hadn't given it away 2 months before we got pregnant). But as others have said, see if you can get a new hood or zip before getting a whole new system.

TheFallenNinja Tue 03-Sep-13 06:07:00

It's a zip, zips break.

What do you think should happen? Should the CM compensate you?

cerealandtoast Tue 03-Sep-13 06:24:09

I would expect any decently made pushchair to function well, with constant daily use, for more than 2 years. After all, most people use it for 1 dc for longer than that!

I have 2 pushchairs which have both been in use for well over 2 years (one for 5 years and one for 7 years!) and both still function as they should, after daily use and all zips/toggles/poppers still intact.

I would have expected the CM to mention it to you as it happened - surely she has needed the hood when she was using it herself? All the "well, what do you expect" posts are a bit ridiculous, tbh. I would expect that my possessions were used carefully and properly, and treated with respect.

drinkyourmilk Tue 03-Sep-13 06:27:37

I would expect it to still be in full working order, and if anything had broken I would expect to have been notified. Accidents happen, but not saying anything is childish.

chickensaladagain Tue 03-Sep-13 06:31:18

Why was the childminder using your pushchair?

Did you leave it there for use for your son, or for her other mindees as well?

I agree - it's not reasonable to expect things to be broken after only two years, especially if it was a 'high spec' translation: bloody expensive pushchair. Raincovers, yes - but hoods?

But there's not much you can do about it tbh.

Backtobedlam Tue 03-Sep-13 07:56:12

Try contacting the manufacturer-we had a problem with the brake on ours and as it was still under warranty (2yr warranty I think) they replaced the whole chassis it free of charge. It's still going strong after 5 years of constant use.

TheFallenNinja Tue 03-Sep-13 07:58:46

Are parts available? You may be able to get a replacement bit solving the physical problem, just leaves the issue with the CM

Sirzy Tue 03-Sep-13 07:58:55

So you left it with someone to use for your child for 2 years and your upset because it has a little bit of damage? YABU.

Just get a replacement hood.

daisychain2 Tue 03-Sep-13 21:14:17

I left it with her as she asked for a push chair, car seat and a high chair - I provided the lot - all new and none of it was very cheap!!!

TBH the push chair is generally filthy! I really do understand general wear and tear will happen and zips do break - bit the zip has been completely ripped from the hood! There is another tear in the side and one of the wheels is out of place/ damaged. I don't think it's general wear and tear.

The car seat is being returned to me next week and the high chair (which I have seen other children using but that doesn't bother me) looks like it is missing the foot rest and straps ....... That's being returned next week as well. If everything is damaged I am not sure what I will say!

I don't need the items but I don't think that's the point! What If I did? Surely she should return the items in the best condition possible considering they are not hers!!!

5madthings Tue 03-Sep-13 21:19:55

She should have told you it was broken and I would expect her to keep it clean/in reasonable condition.

My pushchair is 9/10 yrs old and used for four children and its fine! Few marks but nothing broken other than a bite mark on the bumper bar and I could get a new one but I attached a toy over it.

A zip ripped from the fabric isn't general wear and tear.

Are the covers removable? Can you wash it?

What type of pushchair is it?

quoteunquote Tue 03-Sep-13 21:21:26

really?

Are the children happy with her?

does one of them or both push their feet up on the broken item? mine did

just buy something tough and useable.

Whilst I would expect some damage after 2 years, tbh I think she was a bit cheeky asking you to provide all that stuff. Having the right equipment like buggies, car seats etc is part of the cost of running the business

5madthings Tue 03-Sep-13 21:30:21

Yes she should have her own equipment and she can get tax back/have it as her expenses?

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