Graco Stroller Recall Issued After Four Infant Deaths
About 2 millon Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers have been recalled after at least four children died when they became entrapped between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom.
The Graco stroller recall was announced on Wednesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after the commission and Graco Children’s Products Inc. determined that four children had strangled to death in the strollers between 2003 and 2005. The CPSC said it was also aware of at least five other incidents where infants became entrapped, which resulted in minor injuries and one child who had difficulty breathing after the incident.
The CPSC stated that the danger occurs when children are not harnessed properly, especially if they are under a year old. The child’s body can slip through the opening between the stroller’s tray and the seat bottom, but the head can become entrapped. This puts them at risk of strangling.
Did You Know?
Millions of Philips CPAP Machines Recalled
Philips DreamStation, CPAP and BiPAP machines sold in recent years may pose a risk of cancer, lung damage and other injuries.Learn More
In January 2008, the stroller industry agreed to a new standard that increased the height of the opening between the seat bottom and the stroller tray so that infants’ heads would not get trapped. The Graco recall involves strollers that predate this standard.
The recall affects about two million Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers. The model numbers for the strollers are on a label above the real wheels or underneath the stroller and the word “Graco” appears on a label on the stroller tray and headrest. A full list of the model numbers is available in the CPSC recall notice.
The Quattro strollers were manufactured before November 2006 and distributed between October 2002 and December 2007 for $100 to $250. The MetroLite strollers were manufactured before July 2007 and distributed between November 2000 and December 2007 for between $90 and $250. The strollers were sold at a number of national chains nationwide, including AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Meijers, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and others.
The CPSC recommends that consumers who have a recalled Graco stroller stop using it as a stroller immediately and contact Graco for a free repair kit. If the strollers are part of a travel system that can be used as a car seat, they are still safe in their car seat mode. Consumers with questions can contact Graco at www.gracobaby.com.
BrandyOctober 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm
My daughter fell between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom however she did not get entrapped in it and thank God for that. I never thought more about it because it never happened again. She figured out how to unclip the clips but it was only that one time she did it. I feel so sorry for those parents that had to go through those death and its scary thinking my daughter could have been one of tho[Show More]My daughter fell between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom however she did not get entrapped in it and thank God for that. I never thought more about it because it never happened again. She figured out how to unclip the clips but it was only that one time she did it. I feel so sorry for those parents that had to go through those death and its scary thinking my daughter could have been one of those children
"*" indicates required fields
More Top Stories
Lawyers are working to register and file Philips CPAP lawsuits, as the manufacturer may argue the June 14 anniversary of a massive recall triggered the start of the statute of limitations in certain states
A new report indicates the U.S. Navy is struggling to process tens of thousands of Camp Lejeune water poisoning claims due to a lack of resources.
A group of plaintiffs have filed a motion with the U.S. JPML seeking consolidation of all Bard implanted port lawsuits before one judge for pretrial proceedings.