Thursday, January 21, 2010

Graco Stroller Recall

Having just experienced a recall on my Maclaren, but pleased with the quick turnaround and easy repair kit, I was disappointed to hear that my other stroller, Graco, was likely impacted by another recall of nearly 1.5 million strollers made between October 2004 and February 2008 just announced this week.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Graco Children’s Products Inc, parents are being advised to stop using their Graco strollers until they confirm whether their stroller is impacted by the recall and, if so, to then order the free repair kit by mail. Check out the following Web site link, which includes the model numbers and photos to help better determine whether your stroller is impacted.

In a statement issued by CPSC, "The hinges on the stroller’s canopy pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is opening or closing the canopy." Further, "it appears that the company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations."

Graco manufactured two different styles of hinge mechanisms for the stroller models recalled. Please know that "only strollers or travel systems with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism that has [an] indented canopy positioning notches are included in this recall." Check out the photos in the Web site link mentioned above to see if your stroller is affected.

Feel free to contact Graco directly at 800-345-4109 between 8:00am and 5:00pm ET Monday through Friday.

Safe travels for our little ones.

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