Graco Recalls 2 Million Strollers Following 4 Fatalities
If you own a Graco Quattro Tour™ stroller and travel system or a MetroLite™ stroller and travel system, the company is asking that you stop using the strollers immediately and contact Graco for a free repair kit. That’s because four infants died between 2003 and 2005 after strangling in the strollers.
Recalled Graco strollers are older models
The recalled Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems were made before November 2006, and the MetroLite strollers and travel systems were manufactured before July 2007. All the recalled strollers were made before the 2008 voluntary standard that requires a larger opening between a stroller’s tray and the seat bottom to prevent babies from becoming trapped and strangled.
The Graco website shows that nine injuries have been reported. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announcement of the recall notes that in addition to the four deaths, five infants had sustained cuts and bruises after becoming trapped in the strollers, and that there was one report of an infant experiencing breathing difficulties.
The risk of strangulation can occur when a child, especially infants younger than 12 months, is not harnessed. A child can slip through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, and his or her neck can become entrapped by the tray. If this occurs, the infant can strangle.
Consumers can continue to use the stroller as a “travel system,” because when the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the risk of entrapment and strangulation posed by the gap between the stroller tray and seat bottom is not present.
The recalled strollers were sold at retailers between November 2000 and December 2007. Some of those retailers included AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Kmart, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart, and others. About 2 million of the items were distributed by Graco Children’s Products Inc. of Atlanta and made in China.
Models recalled include the following. Consumers can locate the model number on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or under the stroller.
35735, 35759, 7111ASB, 7111BKW, 7111CLN, 7111CUN, 7111DIA, 7111HEA, 7111HIG, 7111LAG, 7111KSH, 7112CNP, 7112MTR, 7113CJR, 7113CMR, 7113COT, 7119GGG, 7119WSR, 7121MAY, 7125QST, 7126RNS, 7127LEG, 7132RXY, 7134SMB, 7138RNS, 35760, 7411ATR, 7411BGN, 7411BGN2, 7411BLB, 7411KBK, 7411KBK2, 7411LV, 7411MCH, 7411MCH2, 7411MLY, 7411MLY2, 7419LIM, 7419LIM2, 7419OWD2, 7B00BDA, 7B00DRB, 7B00KAS, 7B01MNS, 7B03CST2, 7B03LTC2, 7B03TFE2, 1104, 1240, 6110DW, 6110F3, 6110S7, 6110TS7, 6111FKB, 6111VIN, 6113SCR, 6114HAV, 6114JAM, 6114LAG, 6114NGS, 6116NRF, 6120SHL, 6121CJG, 6121CNP, 6121GGG, 6121MTR, 6123EME, 6124LRD, 6125SMB, 6J01DAI, 6J01HRL, 6J03RIT, 6J04JEN, 6J05MIN, 1070, 7000KSB, 7308DEL, 7308DEL2, 7308DEL4, 7308TYR, 7308TYR2, 7406PLT, 7408MRT, 7409GRG, 7410CON, 7413CML, 7413MRN, C7413CML
Repair kits for the recalled Graco strollers are also available by contacting the company at 1-877-828-4046 anytime. You can also click on this link to order a repair kit.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Graco Children’s Products Inc.