Graco made headlines yesterday when it announced a major recall of some 4.7 million strollers. The recalled models feature a folding hinge on the side that can pinch, cut, or even amputate a child's finger. Graco has already received 11 reports of finger injuries, including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation, and one report of a finger laceration.
The models affected are: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling, and TravelMate. They were sold between August 2000 through November 2014 at stores including Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, and online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com, among other online retailers. The stroller costs around $40-$70, and $140-$170 for the Travel System. All are single-occupant and feature an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle.
For a full list of the model names and numbers being recalled, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.
If your stroller is on the list, the CPSC recommends you contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit, which will be available at the beginning of December. In the meantime, "caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area."
For more information, call (800) 345-4109.
Image of Graco Breeze courtesy of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.