Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and the seat bottom, but his or her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation. There have been four reports of infant strangulations that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, there have been five reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing. When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always secure children by using the safety harness. They should never leave children unattended. To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's safety alert: cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf
This recall involves about 2 million strollers. The recall involves older versions of the Graco MetroLite strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard that addresses the height of the opening between the stroller's tray and the seat bottom. This voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards. Included in this recall are MetroLite strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007. The strollers and travel systems were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. The model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name "Graco" appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. Models included in the recall are: 1104, 1240, 6110DW, 6110F3, 6110S7, 6110TS7, 6111FKB, 6111VIN, 6113SCR, 6114HAV, 6114JAM, 6114LAG, 6114NGS, 6116NRF, 6120SHL, 6121CJG, 6121CNP, 6121GGG, 6121MTR, 6123EME, 6124LRD, 6125SMB, 6J01DAI, 6J01HRL, 6J03RIT, 6J04JEN, 6J05MIN, 1070, 7000KSB, 7308DEL, 7308DEL2, 7308DEL4, 7308TYR, 7308TYR2, 7406PLT, 7408MRT, 7409GRG, 7410CON, 7413CML, 7413MRN, and C7413CML. MetroLite strollers ending with the number 3 are NOT affected by this recall.
The strollers were sold at AAFES, Babies "R" Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, and other stores nationwide between November 2000 and December 2007, for between $90 and $190 for the strollers, and between $190 and $250 for the travel systems.
What To Do:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at 877-828-4046 anytime, or visit the company's Web site at gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a "travel system." When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present. For additional information, consumers can contact Graco at 800-345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday
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