A Graco stroller recall has been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Graco strollers made before 2007 will be affected, with the company releasing a full list of the recalled models today. The numbers that are going to shock parents and consumers the most is that the recall affects about 2 million strollers. These strollers are thought to be at the root of four infant deaths between 2003 and 2005. The recall is going to apply to Quattro Tour strollers made before November 2006 and MetroLite models that were made before July of 2007.
According to the Graco press release, the potential problems with these strollers are that they could lead to entrapment and strangulation, especially for infants who are younger than 12 months of age. This risk is existent when the child is not harnessed, allowing them to pass through the opening between the stroller tray and the seat bottom. The risk is that the child will then have his head or neck trapped by the tray as he tries to slide out of the stroller. This puts him at extreme risk of strangulation. Graco went on to report that nine injuries have been reported with these models, and that the recall affects about 2 million units.
Any parent who thinks that she has purchased one of the Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems or one of the MetroLite strollers and travel systems should definitely take a look at the Graco recall list to make sure the stroller is not on there. The company estimated that the cost of these strollers was between $90 and $190, and that with the travel systems they ran between $190 and $250. Keep in mind that even though these models were manufactured in a specific year doesn’t mean stores weren’t selling them a few years later. Here is the Graco recall list so that you can take a closer look.
The immediate solution for consumers is that they should stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. This can be done through the Graco website or by calling them at 1-877-828-4046 at any time of day. Any parents who feel they have one of these strollers should really pay attention to the recall, and do anything they can to make sure their children aren’t susceptible to the problems that appear to have harmed many other kids. There has not been any indication that Graco will be offering a monetary refund for any of the affected products at this time.