Graco Recalls 4.7 Million Strollers Because of the Risk of Finger Amputation
Strollers provide parents with a necessary means of transporting their infant. The precious cargo inside a stroller makes defects extremely worrisome because they can put kids at-risk for significant injury. Many small children suffer injuries caused by defective products each year. Parents should be aware of a new recall that has just been announced by Graco, which covers eleven models of strollers.
The recall, which applies to about 4.7 strollers in the United States (see link below for exact stroller models), was triggered by a defect that exposes children to the risk of laceration or amputation of their fingers. The announced recall covers eleven Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate: the stroller models included in the recall have external sliding fold-lock hinges on either side of the stroller and a release mechanism on the handle that is operated with one hand.
Graco has reportedly received eleven reports of finger injuries suffered by children in strollers subject to recall. The reports include six cases of fingertip amputation and four reports of partial fingertip amputation. The models covered by the stroller were manufactured between August 1, 2000 and September 25, 2014. Graco is making a repair kit available at the beginning of December 2014. The manufacturer of the strollers Graco Children’s Products of Atlanta, GA has advised parents and caregivers that they should exercise extreme care until the stroller has been modified. Graco indicates that care must be exercised to ensure that the hinges are fully locked in position before a child is put in the stroller.
The manufacturer has provided the following tips for identifying if a stroller is one of those included in the recall. The model number and manufacturing date can be located on a white label at the base of a stroller leg above the stroller’s rear wheel. The complete list of all covered strollers includes: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/. Retailers that sold the strollers include Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and other retail stores. The purchase price for the strollers ranged from $40 to $70 and $140 to $170 for the travel systems.
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