A massive recall of about 2 million <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Graco Strollers has been implemented, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled products immediately and notes that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
The CPSC, in cooperation with Graco Childrenâ€™s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, announced the recall of about 2 million Graco strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. To date, CPSC and Graco have received 4 reports of infant strangulations that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of 5 reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.
Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.
The recall involves older versions of the Graco Quattro Tourâ„¢ and MetroLiteâ„¢ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the strollerâ€™s tray and the seat bottom. This voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.
This recall involves Graco Quattro Tourâ„¢ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to November 2006 and MetroLiteâ„¢ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007. The strollers and travel systems were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. The model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name â€œGracoâ€ appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. Models included in the recall and photographs or the recalled products can be accessed on the CPSCâ€™s website at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11015.html
The strollers, which were manufactured in China, were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide between November 2000 and December 2007 for between $90 and $190 for the strollers, and between $190 and $250 for travel systems.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. Graco can be reached, toll-free, at (877) 828-4046 anytime, or at the firmâ€™s website at www.gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a â€œtravel system.â€ When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present. For additional information, consumers can also contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always secure children by using the safety harness and never leave them unattended. To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSCâ€™s safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf