As has been previously reported in this blog, the CPSC has recalled folding strollers due to fingertip amputation hazards to children. Today, the Commission has announced a voluntary recall in conjunction with Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., for the Graco Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Strollers and Travel Systems strollers.
The CPSC states that the hinges on the stroller's canopy pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to children when the consumer is opening or closing the canopy. Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.
It is important to note that Graco manufactured two different styles of hinge mechanisms for these stroller models. Only strollers or travel systems with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism that has indented canopy positioning notches are included in this recall. The model number and manufacture date are located on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels. For a complete list of the specific model numbers listed by the CPSC in this recall and the full announcment from the CPSC, click here.
The recalled strollers were manufactured between October 2004 and February 2008 and were sold during the same period at the following retailers nationwide: Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers. The strollers were priced from $80 to $90 and the travel systems from $150 to $200.
The CPSC asks consumers to immediately stop using the strollers and contact the company for a free protective cover repair kit. For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com.