Two million baby strollers and other infant and toddler devices have been recalled by the Graco company in California because of defective product parts that cause safety risks and have led to five injuries and four deaths in recent years. As Marketwatch outlines:
Children who aren’t buckled in to certain models can slip through the opening between the tray and the seat bottom, where their heads can get stuck under the tray, potentially strangling them, the CPSC said. Babies younger than 12 months old are especially vulnerable.
[This new] recall affects Graco Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems manufactured before November 2006 and MetroLite strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007, according to the CPSC’s website. The products were sold at a host of retail chains such as Kmart, Walmart, Target and Sears between November 2000 and December 2007. The CPSC lists the model numbers affected here.
The sheer number of strollers involved is staggering; it’s the largest stroller recall ever. While parents can avail themselves of a free repair kit by visiting Graco’s corporate website or calling a toll-free number, some consumer advocates are arguing that the company should have issued the recall long ago. The company has defended itself by saying it didn’t realize how many of the strollers were being resold on the secondhand market.
To find out if you own one of the affected models, visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission here. The company also has CPSC recalls for its 2010 Simplicity Crib and 2010 Drop Side Crib by LaJobi that recommend parents immediately stop using the products.
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