Graco launches massive stroller recall
About 1.5 million Graco strollers have been recalled in the U.S. and Canada after reports that five children in the U.S. have had their fingertips severed by the stroller's folding hinge mechanism since 2004.
Graco Children’s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., says it has received seven reports in the U.S. of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five had their fingertips severed and two received cuts.
No injuries related to Graco strollers have been reported in Canada, where 28,410 units have been sold.
However, Health Canada said it has received 17 injury reports since 2000 related to various other brands of folding strollers. Five of those reports involved serious injuries, including finger amputations, lacerations or bone fractures.
On Wednesday, Health Canada issued a reminder for parents and caregivers to exercise caution when using any type of stroller with the hinge mechanisms that are found on many collapsing/folding models.
The agency has recommended caregivers keep children at a safe distance when opening and folding a stroller.
Graco manufactures two 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 the recall.
The Graco recall comes about two months after one million Maclaren strollers were recalled in Canada and the U.S. after reports that 12 children had fingertips cut or severed by a hinge mechanism.
At the time of the recall, Maclaren's Canadian importer noted that almost every type of folding stroller uses the same type of hinge and as a result, almost every type of stroller poses the same risk.
"If you're going to fold a stroller, they're going to have a similar hinge. All of them fold and the possibility of a child getting hurt is the same," Sam Perez, chief executive of Hamilton, Ont.,-based Kushies Inc., told CBC News at the time.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is now examining all strollers with the designs that have caused the fingertip amputations, said spokesman Scott Wolfson.
"CPSC is taking a larger look at the entire product line to determine what steps need to be taken to keep children safe in and around strollers," he said.
The Graco recall involves strollers made in China between October 2004 and February 2008. Graco owners are advised to stop using the strollers and contact the company to receive a free repair kit.
With files from The Associated Press