For all of those families out there who have a Graco stroller, listen up! Today, the company issued a voluntary recall of over 4.7 million strollers manufactured between August 1, 2000 and September 25, 2014. This recall includes the following 11 models of single-occupant strollers: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. The problem? The strollers involved in this recall have a folding hinge on each side of the stroller that has the potential for catching a child’s finger which could lead to a laceration or, more serious, an amputation of the finger. There have been 11 reported incidents thus far including 10 reports of either partial or full fingertip amputation.
Graco will be providing families with a free repair kit (i.e hinge covers) that will be available in the beginning of December. If you have one of these affected strollers, the company says they are ok to continue using as long as operators “exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing the child in the stroller.”
In order to verify that your stroller is one of the models being recalled, you will need to locate the model number which can be found on the label which is on the stroller leg above one of the rear wheels. You can then visit the Graco site here to enter the model number to see if your particular stroller is involved in this massive recall.
For more information from the Graco Company, click here.
To read the press release from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, click here.