1.5 Million Graco Strollers Recalled Due to Amputation, Laceration Hazards

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This hinge can cut or amputate a fingertip when the canopy on the stroller is opened or closed.

This hinge could cut or amputate a fingertip when the canopy on the stroller is opened or closed.

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Graco Children’s Products is recalling 1.5 million Graco strollers.

Some styles of the Graco Passage, Alano and Spree strollers and travel systems have hinges on the stroller’s canopy that could cut and/or amputate a child’s fingertip when the canopy is opened or closed. Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.

Graco manufactured two different styles of hinge mechanisms for the stroller models (Click here for a full list of model numbers). Only strollers or travel systems with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism that has indented canopy positioning notches (see photo) are included in this recall. The model number is located on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.

The strollers were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems.

Parents and caregivers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and should contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 or through the firm’s Web site (http://www.gracobaby.com) to receive a free protective cover repair kit.

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