Fingertip Amputations Prompt Graco Stroller Recall

About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children's fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.

For a list of model numbers click on the link below this story.

The recall by Graco Children's Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The Atlanta company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller's canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.

The strollers were made in China by Graco and sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide from October 2004 to December 2009.

In announcing the recall Wednesday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the strollers pose an amputation and laceration hazard to children when opening or closing the canopy. The company advised consumers to stop using the strollers and contact Graco to receive free protective hinge covers.

The recall involves strollers made between October 2004 and February 2008. The model numbers and manufacture dates are on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.

The recalled strollers have been on the market for five years. But Graco said in a statement Wednesday it has moved quickly to provide a corrective measure and is working closely with the safety commission.

This is the second major recall in recent months of strollers that led to fingertip amputations and injuries. Last November, about a million Maclaren strollers were recalled after there were 12 reports of children's fingertips being amputated by a hinge mechanism.

The safety commission is now examining all strollers with the designs that have caused the fingertip amputations, said spokesman Scott Wolfson.

For a list of model numbers click on the link below this story.


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  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 21, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    Hmmmm typo lol Mom was *mad* at him...
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    China again? Way to go Graco/Newell Co., send the jobs to China and get unsafe junk in return. Maybe you should be the next to get socialized..serves you right
  • by CherryCracker Kool-Aid Location: CA on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I once got my fingers slammed in a car door. They didn't recall the Ford Mercury because of it but my dad sure learned a lesson about not looking when he pushed the door shut. Man, was my mother at him. lol Don't get me wrong, I feel awful for the kids this has happened to.. and stroller size is the age where they really DON'T know better. It does make me want to smack the parents that didn't watch where the fingers were - their responsibility. Is there honestly a design where there is NO risk of a similar injury when there are any folding parts? I think likely not. Beyond that, accidents do happen. Shoot, I busted a front tooth when I was 9 doing something stupid. If someone knows how to get to adulthood without any injuries, I'd like to know how (without living in a box!).
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:16 PM
    This is absolutely horrible! I can see it happening though, unbeknownst to the parents trusting the product. However, I have seen children in strollers that should have been walking on their own. Thirty yrs. ago, I had a stroller for my child, that he used until he was old enough to walk without tiring, about age three yrs. Perhaps, the children being placed in these strollers should not be in them, and not sitting bored in the strollers 'exploring' their buggy? Just a thought...Also, when adjusting the mechanical part of any child-restraint product(walker/stroller/crib/jump-up), you should have your watchful eye on the 'mechanical moving parts'around your child. I know, from experience, that raising a small child is a 24/7 job. They should teach child-rearing techniques in high school, 'cuz it ain't long after the ninth grade when unwed pregnancies go into motion. I see that Jethro Bodine has left his critical, unknowledgeable comments, as usual. Wow, you must be some Piece of Work.
  • by hmm on Jan 20, 2010 at 10:20 AM
    maybe we could just stop making these things in China?
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 20, 2010 at 07:54 AM
    Parents not being careful with their children. What? 7, maybe 8 cases? Out of 1.5 million strollers? Pulease! Just be careful, parents! These recalls are costing companies millions. This isn't a Ford Explorer with under inflated tires or A Ford Pinto drop-in gas tank. I have a knife that cut my finger...we need to recall the knives!
  • by Joe Location: Washington on Jan 20, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    How about some pictures or more product info?
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