Graco is recalling nearly 2 million older strollers – The Quattro and MetroLite – because children can become trapped in and strangle in the strollers.
The strollers were manufactured before December 2007, before the adoption ofa new standard requiring larger stroller openings that prevent children from becoming trapped.
CPSC and Graco know of four infants who strangled and died in the strollers between 2003 and 2005.
Children, particularly babies younger than 12 months old who are not strapped in, can slide through the opening between the stroller seat and the tray bottom. If their heads don’t fit through the opening, they can strangle. Babies can slide both on their backs and on their stomachs.
Strollers made now are required to have an opening between the bottom of the tray and the top of the seat that spans at least 8 inches. That way, if a child’s body does slide through the opening, the head doesn’t get trapped. The repair kits for the Graco strollers connect to existing hardware and prevent babies from getting trapped.
The repair kits do not act as a replacement for using a stroller’s safety straps. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 828-4046 anytime or visit the firm’s website at www.gracobaby.com.
There are some safety steps you can take to prevent babies from sliding down in strollers as well:
- Make sure to use the safety harness EVERY time your child is in the stroller.
- Stay where you can see your child in the stroller at all times.