Graco Strollers Recalled Because of Entrapment and Strangulation Accidents
Graco Children's Products, Inc has announced the recall of older versions of Quattro Tour and MetroLite Strollers. The Atlanta based Graco, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, have announced the recall of over 2 million strollers following reports that four infants suffered strangulation deaths between 2003 and 2005.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that the danger is posed by the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, which is large enough to allow an infant to put its head through, which can result in the child becoming entrapped and leading to strangulation. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are committed to protecting consumers from unsafe and defective products. If you or your loved ones have been injured by a defective stroller or other product, we can help you obtain compensation for your injuries.
The stroller strangulation and entrapment accidents occur when small children, particularly those under the age of 12 months try to climb through the opening and get their neck trapped on the drink tray. The manufacturers of the strollers have been aware of the risk posed by the strollers for several years. The stroller industry made a voluntary change in industry standards to address the height of the drink tray above the seat bottom to avoid entrapment and strangulation in January 2008. The strollers that caused the deaths which led to the current recall were manufactured prior to the change in industry standards.
A company that produces a defective product that causes serious injuries or death can be liable for the resulting injuries. If the manufacturer of the product has knowledge of the product's defect and consciously disregards that risk to increase profits, punitive damages can even be imposed to punish the manufacturer and discourage them from simply treating the resulting injuries and lawsuits as a cost of doing business. It is unclear why these strollers were not recalled earlier, but the serious risk they posed to small children were known well enough that a specific industry standard was imposed over 2 years ago to address the risk.
Few experiences are as devastating as having one's child injured or killed. Our compassionate team at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, understand the worry and heartache that accompanies an injury to one's child. We have been assisting parents whose children are injured for over 35 years. Defective products can include such items as:
- Playground Equipment
- High Chairs
- Car Seats
If your child has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, including a Graco Stroller, contact us to learn about your rights to compensation for your child's injuries. Our Georgia product liability lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.