Nearly five million Graco strollers are being recalled because the folding hinges on the stroller can pinch, cut or even amputate children’s fingers.
Atlanta based Graco Children’s Products has issued a recall of eleven models of Graco and Century strollers after receiving reports of children suffering finger injuries and amputations caused by the stroller’s hinges.
Stroller models recalled include Graco and Century branded Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. These are strollers designed to carry one child. They have an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there have been six reports of children who endured fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration.
Parents and caregivers can locate the model numbers and manufacture date on a white label affixed to the bottom of the stroller leg, above the rear wheel. Only strollers with a manufacture date from August 1, 2000 to September 25, 2014 and the following model numbers are included in the recall:
|Capri – Century Branded Literider|
|Literider – Century Branded|
|Solara – Century Branded Literider|
This Graco stroller recall affects about 4.7 million strollers in the United States, 202,000 in Canada and 10,300 in Mexico.
Consumers may have purchased these strollers at retail stores nationwide, including Target, Walmart and Toys R Us, or online retailers such as Amazon.com and Walmart.com between August 2000 and November 2014 for between $40-$70 for the stroller or $140-$170 for the travel system.
Consumers who determine they have a stroller affected by this Graco stroller recall should request a free hinge repair kit through the Graco recall website or by calling (800) 345-4109. Graco expects to have the kit available by the beginning of December.
“While waiting for a repair kit, 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,” the Graco Stroller recall announcement said. “Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.”