MSNBC is reporting that “two million Graco strollers are being recalled because of risks of strangulation and entrapment.” This recall, like so many others, is being labelled as voluntary, but it was prompted by four reported infant fatalities. Those deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005, so I’m not sure why it’s taken five years for the company to recall its product. Are all 2 million of the strollers that were sold still out there? I know I got about two years of inner-city travel out of the first stroller I bought and then it was dust.
In addition to the infant deaths, there have been “five reports of infants becoming entrapped in the strollers, resulting in cuts and bruises.”
MSNBC notes that “the strollers and travel systems were made before industry standards changed in January 2008 to require larger openings between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom, preventing the chance of entrapment.” The recalled strollers include “Graco Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems that were manufactured before November 2006 and MetroLite strollers and travel systems made before July 2007.” Affected strollers were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target and Walmart.
For more information, visit Graco’s site.