Thursday, January 21, 2010

GRACO: Another Stroller Recall For Dads To Worry About

Just a few months ago, we were halting the use of all of our Maclaren Strollers, because of a stroller recall due to a faulty side hinge that caused a dozen children to lose their fingertips. I had to wait over a week to receive my repair kit before I could snap our stroller back into action.

Yesterday, GRACO, issued a recall on 1.5 million strollers after discovering a dangerous part, hinges on the stroller's canopy, had severed the fingertips of several children.

Of the few articles I have read this morning pertaining to the latest Graco Stroller Recall, I thought reposting this article, from the parent friendly Baby Center site, was the most helpful for all of you concerned dads, parents, grandparents,etc. Adam, Thanks for forwarding this one onto me.

Over 1 million Graco strollers recalled after fingertip amputations

Wed, Jan 20, 2010 (BabyCenter News) — Graco announced a recall of about 1.5 million strollers in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after children's fingertips were amputated and lacerated by hinges on the strollers' canopy.

Graco has received seven reports of children placing their fingers in the canopy hinge mechanism while the canopy was being opened or closed, resulting in five fingertip amputations and two fingertip lacerations.

This recall involves Graco Passage, Alano, and Spree strollers and travel systems. The strollers were manufactured between October 2004 and February 2008. The model number and manufacture date are located on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.The following model numbers are included in the recall:

6303MYC, 6303MYC3, 6320IVY, 6320LAU, 6330CAP, 6330THR, 6330THR3, 6F00QIN3, 6F00RRY3, 6F03GLN3, 6G10CSE3, 7235GGA, 7235GGA2, 7236CDR2, 7237HOL2, 7237HOL3, 7240DNB, 7240DNB2, 7240MKL2, 7240MKL3, 7241DDH2, 7241DHO3, 7255CLP, 7255CLP2, 7255CRA2, 7255CRA3, 7255CSA3, 7255GPK3, 7255GRN, 7255GRN2, 7255JJB3, 7255ORC2, 7255WLO2, 7255WLO3, 7256CLO2, 7256SPM2, 7256SPM3, 7260BAN, 7260BAN2, 7260BAN3, 7260MRA2, 7260MRA3, 7260PKR, 7260PKR2, 7270BIA, 7270BIA2, 7E01JON2, 7E01JON3, 7F00LPE3, 7F00RSH3, 7F01FOR3, 7F02GLM3, 7F04TAY3, 7F07EMA3, 7F08DSW3, 7F08LAN3, 7G00DLS3, 7G00DLS4, 7G01CRL3, 7G04KRA3, 7G05GPR3, 7G06WSR3, 7G07ABB3, 7G07BAT3

Graco manufactured two different 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 this recall. See photos of the hinge mechanisms on the CPSC's website.

The strollers were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Kmart, Fred Meyers, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart, and other retailers nationwide from October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems. They were made in China. -- Grace Blasco, BabyCenter News

What you can do:
Immediately stop using the stroller and contact Graco for a free repair kit.
For additional information, call Graco toll-free at (800) 345-4109between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or visit the company's website.
See a photo of the recalled strollers on the CPSC's website.

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