Atlanta based Graco Children’s Products, Inc. has announced a recall of about 2 million Graco strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. There have been four reports of strangulation which occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. It has been reported that five others have been entrapped.
Below is the complete report from US CPSC which gives the full details of which strollers are being recalled – photos and links for help if you own one of these. Follow the link for a list of lot numbers affected by this recall.
Please if you have one of these strollers, do not disregard this recall. Better to “lug” that baby around than to have it strangled in this contraption.
Of course, there is no mystery as to where these were made – “Made in China.” We, as a nation, have got to stand up against this inferior junk that is coming into our country and into our homes.
Contact your congressional representatives and let them know just how tired you are of these products being sold in America. Whatever happened to “Made in the USA?”
And what has happened to all the jobs that used to be here? What has happened to the pride America always had in her products?
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is announcing the recall of about 2 million Graco strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant strangulations that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of five 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 Tour™ and MetroLite™ 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 stroller’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 Tour™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to November 2006 and MetroLite™ 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 “Graco” appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. Models included in the recall are:
Quattro Stroller $100-$190 Distributed Between Nov 2002-Dec 2007
Quattro Stroller Travel System $200-$250 Distributed Between Oct 2002- Oct 2007
MetroLite Stroller $90-$19 Distributed Between Nov 2000-Dec 2007
MetroLite Travel System $190-$250 Distributed Between Dec 2000 – June 2005
NOTE: Quattro and MetroLite strollers ending with the number 3 are NOT affected by this recall.
Photos are available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11015.html
The strollers 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 strollers were manufactured in China.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 828-4046 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a “travel system.” 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 contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
NOTE: 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 CPSC’s safety alert: www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf.
CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx