Recall of 1.5 Million Graco Strollers Following Fingertip Lacerations and Amputations

Graco and the Consumer Products Safety Commission are recalling 1.5 million strollers because their canopy hinge mechanisms pose a fingertip laceration and amputation hazard. Already, five children’s fingertips were amputated and two kids suffered fingertip lacerations because they put their fingers in the hinge mechanism while the stroller was being opened or closed.
The Graco strollers affected by the recall are Alano™, Passage™, and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems. However, only the travel systems and strollers that have a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism with indented canopy positioning notches are involved. They were available for sale at Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, Target, Sears, Kmart, and other retailers between October 2004 and February 2008. You can check the CPSC’s Web site to check if your model number is part of the recall. Consumers should stop using the defective stroller right away and contact Graco for a free repair kit.

It was just two months ago that the CPSC and Maclaren USA recalled about 1 million umbrella strollers after reports of 12 amputation injuries to children. Fingertip amputations and lacerations are very painful, debilitating, and traumatic. Disfigurement can result if doctors are unable to reattach a fingertip, which (depending on the location and severity of the injury), could become a permanent disability, as well as prove emotionally and psychologically damaging to the child. Maclaren CEO Bahman Kia is calling the hinge defect an “industrywide problem.”
Graco is now linked to two of the largest stroller recalls in US history. The stroller maker recalled about 1.1 million strollers in 2005 because two of its models were prone to latch failure. Graco received reports of 529 stroller collapses resulting in 264 injuries to children. One child’s cut required 46 stitches. Another child broke an arm. Other child injuries included pinched fingers, scrapes, scratches, cuts, and pulled muscles.
If your child suffered a fingertip injury because of a defective stroller, our child injury lawyers would like to offer you a free case evaluation. We have helped many families throughout the US recover products liability compensation from negligent manufacturers.
Graco Stroller Recall: 1.5 Million Strollers Called Back, ABC News, January 20, 2010
Graco stroller recall: Is your Graco stroller affected?, The Christian Science Monitor, January 20, 2010
Graco Recalls Strollers Due to Fingertip Amputation and Laceration Hazards, CPSC, January 20, 2010
CPSC, Graco Children’s Products Inc. Announce Recall of Duo Tandem and Certain MetroLite™ Strollers, CPSC, July 7 & October 31, 2005
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