Atlanta Company Graco Recalls Baby Strollers
Atlanta-based company Graco Children's Products has recalled about 1.5 baby strollers due to fingertip amputation and laceration hazards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on Wednesday. According to the CPSC, consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately. Recalled products included strollers and travel systems with the names Graco's Passage, Alano, and Spree.
The CPSC reports that the hinges on the strollers may cause fingertip cuts or even amputation to a child when the canopy of the stroller is opened or closed. Graco has received seven reports of child injuries because of the stroller's canopy hinge. In five of the cases, the child's fingertip was amputated. According to Fox News, this is the largest stroller recall ever.
The following model numbers of Graco baby strollers have been recalled: 6303MYC, 6303MYC3 7240DNB, 7240DNB2, 7240MKL2, 7240MKL3, 7F02GLM3, 6320IVY, 6320LAU 7241DDH2, 7241DHO3, 7F04TAY3 6330CAP, 6330THR, 6330THR3 7255CLP, 7255CLP2, 7255CRA2, 7255CRA3, 7255CSA3, 7255GPK3, 7255GRN, 7255GRN2, 7255JJB3, 7255ORC2, 7255WLO2, 7255WLO3, 7F07EMA3, 6F00QIN3, 6F00RRY3, 7256CLO2, 7256SPM2, 7256SPM3, 7F08DSW3, 7F08LAN3 6F03GLN3 7260BAN, 7260BAN2, 7260BAN3, 7260MRA2, 7260MRA3, 7260PKR, 7260PKR2, 7G00DLS3, 7G00DLS4, 6G10CSE3, 7270BIA, 7270BIA2 7G01CRL3, 7235GGA, 7235GGA2 7E01JON2, 7E01JON3, 7G04KRA3, 7236CDR2 7F00LPE3, 7F00RSH3, 7G05GPR3, 7G06WSR3 7237HOL2, 7237HOL3 7F01FOR3 7G07ABB3, 7G07BAT3.
Only strollers with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism with indented canopy notches were included in the recall. (Graco also manufactures strollers with a different type of hinge mechanism). The recalled strollers were made between October 2004 and February 2008. If you have a Graco stroller, you can find the model number and manufacturing date on the lower interior part of the rear frame, above the rear wheels. The recalled strollers and travel systems were sold at several retailers including AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, and Walmart between October 2004 and December 2009 for prices ranging from $80 to $200. The strollers were manufactured in China.
A statement from Graco reads: "At Graco, safety is always our top priority. We have determined that some of the canopies on select Passage™, Alano™, and Spree™ model strollers, manufactured by Graco prior to March 2008, could expose children to a risk of injury. We have issued a voluntary recall of these products. No other Graco strollers are affected by this notice. For consumers who have an affected stroller, Graco will provide a free canopy hinge cover, which can be ordered below for consumers in the US."
If you have one of the recalled strollers, stop using it immediately and call Graco to get your free protective cover hinge repair kit. You can call Graco at 1-800-345-4109 during normal business hours. You may also visit www.gracobaby.com for more information.
To report a dangerous product or product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772. Also contact an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, as you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. Call MLN Law at 404-531-9700 to schedule a free consultation.