Graco recalls Quattro and MetroLite strollers due to infant death

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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. 

 

Quattro Stroller
$100-$190
Distributed Between
Nov 2002 – Dec 2007
Quattro Stroller Travel System
$200-$250
Distributed Between
Oct 2002 – Oct 2007
MetroLite Stroller
$90-$190
Distributed Between
Nov 2000 – Dec 2007
MetroLite Travel System
$190-$250
Distributed Between
Dec 2000 – June 2005
35735
35759
7111ASB
7111BKW
7111CLN
7111CUN
7111DIA
7111HEA
7111HIG
7111LAG
7111KSH
7112CNP
7112MTR
7113CJR
7113CMR
7113COT
7119GGG
7119WSR
7121MAY
7125QST
7126RNS
7127LEG
7132RXY
7134SMB
7138RNS
35760
7411ATR
7411BGN
7411BGN2
7411BLB
7411KBK
7411KBK2
7411LV
7411MCH
7411MCH2
7411MLY
7411MLY2
7419LIM
7419LIM2
7419OWD2
7B00BDA
7B00DRB
7B00KAS
7B01MNS
7B03CST2
7B03LTC2
7B03TFE2
1104
1240
6110DW
6110F3
6110S7
6110TS7
6111FKB
6111VIN
6113SCR
6114HAV
6114JAM
6114LAG
6114NGS
6116NRF
6120SHL
6121CJG
6121CNP
6121GGG
6121MTR
6123EME
6124LRD
6125SMB
6J01DAI
6J01HRL
6J03RIT
6J04JEN
6J05MIN
1070
7000KSB
7308DEL
7308DEL2
7308DEL4
7308TYR
7308TYR2
7406PLT
7408MRT
7409GRG
7410CON
7413CML
7413MRN
C7413CML

 

NOTE: Quattro and MetroLite strollers ending with the number 3 are NOT affected by this recall. 

Where should I call to inquire about Graco recall?
You should immediately stop using the recalled Graco strollers and should contact Graco at 877-838-4046 for a free repair kit. 

Safety of baby is parent’s prime responsibility.  Be proactive and take immediate action if you are using one of the recalled Graco strollers. 

Healthy Parenting!

Source: NPR

4 Responses

  1. jason says:

    I say shame on parents if their child is strangled by squirming their way out of the stroller.if it is known that the child can squirm his or her way out of the stroller better care should be taken to tighten the straps of the stroller or parents should just pay more attention. If they feel the stroller will not contain their child another stroller should be the way to go.

  2. Graco recalls Quattro and MetroLite strollers due to infant death portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. will not contain their child another stroller should be the way to go. Reply.

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