The Graco children’s product Inc has voluntarily recalled 2 million Quattro and MetroLite brand strollers. The poor design of the strollers resulted in death of four babies due to straggling. The more surprising fact is that these deaths are not recent, but occurred between 2003 and 2005. Can you imagine, a stroller being in the market for so long after the death were seen? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) also reports five infants getting trapped in the strollers and suffering cuts and bruises.
Donald Mayo, senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports commented on the late recall for the strollers “This troubles me very much. It seems to me way too long before Graco recalled these products.”
What is the main risk to infants from Graco strollers?
It has been reported that the infants, especially, under age 12 months, can slip through the opening between the stroller tray and the seat bottom. The strollers are poorly designed and the opening has enough space for the baby’s torso can slip through, but baby’s head cannot. This has lead to infants death by neck getting strangled.
What type of incidents been seen due to Graco strollers?
According to CPC:
- four deaths have been reported
- five incidences of trapping has resulted in cuts and bruises
- one incidence reports breathing trouble in an infant
Is there any thing I can do to avoid these incidence?
The reports revealed that the problems do not happen if
- the baby is secured in the stroller harness and
- the child is not left unattended in the stroller.
Which Graco strollers were recalled?
The strollers in the current recall were sold between November 2000 and December 2007. The recalled product number can be seen on printed label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name “Graco”...
appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest.
Here’s the list of strollers included in the current recall. The model numbers are printed on a label.
Nov 2002 – Dec 2007
|Quattro Stroller Travel System
Oct 2002 – Oct 2007
Nov 2000 – Dec 2007
|MetroLite Travel System
Dec 2000 – June 2005
NOTE: Quattro and MetroLite strollers ending with the number 3 are NOT affected by this recall.
Safety of baby is parent’s prime responsibility. Be proactive and take immediate action if you are using one of the recalled Graco strollers.