With the economic downturn, many people are buying and using secondhand strollers. Between 2000 and 2007, approximately 2 million defective strollers that are connected with strangulation risks were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other stores. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Graco Children's Products request that owners of Graco Quattro Tour and Metrolite strollers and travel systems stop using the defective products and contact Graco for a repair kit at (877) 828-4046.
The strollers were connected with four baby deaths and five baby injuries. When babies, especially smaller babies under one year of age, were left in the strollers without the harness in place, they could be trapped in the opening between the seat and the stroller tray. The first incident resulting in a baby's death occurred in 2003. Four deaths in total were connected to the strollers from 2003-2005. Why did it take so long to recall the strollers?
Graco and Consumer Product Safety Commission believed that a recall was not warranted at the time, because with the safety harness in place the strollers were safe. Earlier this year, the Commission reopened the investigation of past deaths and injuries related to the products; in light of the long product life of strollers, they decided a recall is required.
On the recalled strollers, the name "Graco" will appear on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. The models being recalled are:
- Quattro Stroller: Sold 2002-2007
- Quattro Stroller Travel System: Sold 2002-2007
- MetroLite Stroller: Sold 2000-2007
- MetroLite Travel System: Sold 2000-2005
Pay attention to the model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. A full list of the recalled model numbers is available at the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website. The list is linked at the bottom of this post.
Source: CPSC.gov: Graco Recalls QuattroTM and MetroLiteTM Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation; 10/20/2010
Source: New York Times: Graco Recalls Strollers on Strangulation Concerns; Andrew Martin, 10/20/2010