4 Deaths Prompt Graco Stroller Recall

WASHINGTON (AP) – October 20, 2010 (WPVI) — Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports of four infant strangulations in the strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Wednesday, said the infant strangulations occurred between 2003 and 2005. The strollers being recalled are older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers, all made before 2007. CPSC says if a baby isn’t strapped into the stroller, he or she can slide through the opening between the stroller tray and the bottom of the seat – where the child can get stuck and be strangled. Graco posted the following information on its website: “These strollers can fail to latch properly and unexpectedly collapse while in use. This can result in broken bones, cuts, bumps, bruises and other injuries to young children riding in the stroller and consumers pushing the stroller. “Which models are affected? Duo Tandem – If your model number contains 7950, 7955, 7960, 7965, 7970, or 7980 and the first six digits of the serial number are between 010194 and 123199, then your model is affected. If your model number contains 7990 and the first six digits of the serial number (manufacture date) are between 010196 and 103198, then your model is affected. MetroLite – If your model number contains 6110, 6111, 6114, 7410, or 7413 and the first six digits of the serial number (manufacture date) are between 100100 and 123101, then your model is affected. “Injuries Reported: 230 “Number of Units Affected: 1,143,000 “Dates Produced: Duo Tandem: 1994-1999. MetroLite: 2000-2001 “MSRP: Duo Tandem: $80-150. MetroLite: $100-200 “Models Affected: 7955B8, 7955RS, 7965BW, 7990LG, 7990ND, 7990BT, 7980WR, 6110DW, 6110F3, 6111FKB, 6114HAV, 6114JAM, 6114NGS, 7410CON, 7413CML, 7413MRN, 7955FA “Solution: Consumers should stop using these strollers immediately and contact the firm to receive a free repair kit. The kit includes a custom-designed latch that consumers should attach to the stroller’s frame to ensure it is properly latched. The repair kit will be available in approximately 1 to 2 weeks. “Order a repair kit from this website: Duo Tandem Stroller repair kit MetroLite® Stroller repair kit “Download an instruction sheet: Duo Tandem stroller repair kit instructions MetroLite Stroller repair kit instructions” (Copyright ©2010 WPVI-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

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