Graco Recalls 2 Million Baby Strollers

Graco Children’s Products has issued a recall for approximately 2 million baby strollers. The products being recalled, the Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers, are being blamed for four infant deaths.

The Quattro Tour strollers affected by the recall were manufactured prior to November 2006 and for MetroLite, the strollers were made prior to July 2007.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) stated the deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005 and were caused by strangulation. Strollers manufactured after these dates are not affected because in these models a larger space was created between the tray and the seat in order to align with industry standard in January 2008.

In addition the strollers have been linked to six injuries; in five instances an infant became trapped and the sixth injury was due to an infant having difficulty breathing.

The CPSC says on their website “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.”

These two model strollers were sold at various popular stores including AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, Meijers, Kmart, Fred Meyer and Navy Exchange from November 2000 until December 2007 (CPSC).

Graco is a subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid. Connie Bryant, a spokeswoman for Newell, said ” As parents ourselves, the safety of children is our top priority and we continue to work to make Graco the most trusted brand in juvenile products” and “We take this issue very seriously”.” (CNN Money)

In the statement, Newell also referred to earlier recalls the company issued during 2010 in an attempt to reassure that the company has child safety high on their priority list.  

Parents and/or caregivers who use these strollers are being advised to cease use of the carriage immediately. The company and the CPSC do state the strollers can be repaired, and owners or users of these two brand name strollers should contact Graco to request a free repair kit.

Reportedly these recalls only are being issued towards U.S. sold strollers, however all owners might want to follow up to be sure their strollers are not affected by the same safety problem if industry standards and/or laws differ.

A full list of the Graco stroller models affected by this recall can be accessed here.

Sources:

http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/20/news/companies/graco_stroller_recall/?iid=MPM

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/20/earlyshow/living/parenting/main6974743.shtml

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11015.html