Baby gear maker Graco is recalling close to two million strollers after receiving reports that certain types caused the deaths of four infants. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that between 2003 to 2005 these babies became trapped inside the strollers and were strangled. The strollers being recalled are older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems, all made before 2007 and distributed by Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta.
The Safety Commission says that if babies aren’t strapped into the stroller correctly, they can slide through the opening between the stroller tray and the bottom of the seat, therefore getting stuck or being strangled. They are also aware of five reports of children being trapped — causing cuts and bruises — and one baby having difficulty breathing. The strollers being recalled are ones made prior to the voluntary standard in 2008 that requires there to be a larger stroller opening between the tray and the seat to prevent the risk of entrapment or strangulation. The recalled strollers were sold between November 2000 to December 2007.
To find out if you own one of these strollers, look at the complete list of the model numbers of recalled strollers and travel systems at www.gracobaby.com. If you have a recalled stroller, contact Graco at 877-828-4046 or visit the company’s website for a free repair kit. The strollers can continue to be used as a car seat since the entrapment and strangulation hazards are only present when using the stroller.