Baby product company recalls 5 million strollers
A fingertip amputation hazard has forced baby product firm Graco to recall nearly 5 million strollers – this is perfectly safe, though. A folding hinge on the sides of the strollers can pinch and even amputate a baby’s finger. This is not just theoretically speaking; in fact, the company has received 11 injury reports from the products, including full and partial fingertip amputations. In a recall notice, the company is warning parents who own these Graco and Century-branded stroller models:
· TravelMate Model Strollers and Travel Systems
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Graco says about 85% of the recalled strollers were sold over 7 years ago. Nevertheless, they have included all strollers that used the same hinge design sold since 2000. Consumers can verify whether they have purchased one of the affected strollers by entering the model number on the white label at the bottom of the stroller leg just above the rear wheel on the company’s website or by calling (800) 345-4109, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. A complete list of model names and numbers can be found here. Affected customers are encouraged to contact the company for a free repair kit that will become available next month. Further questions can be directed at Graco’s customer service department.
In the meantime, “caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area,” Graco’s statement says. “We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you and we will make every effort to get you the repair kit as soon as possible.”
“Over the past 60 years, safety has been and will continue to be the priority at Graco. As part of our continuous effort to provide quality and safe products, Graco identified that select stroller models, including some of our LiteRider models that were sold before the updated hinge was available, have folding hinges that could in rare circumstances have the potential to pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard,” the company added. “In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), we are conducting a voluntary recall on select stroller models manufactured over the past 14 years” at stores such as Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart as well as online.