Graco Stroller Recall
Written by Andrew Sarski on February 27, 2011
Graco Strollers and Travel Systems Recall
According to the CPSC, the Graco recall involved several models of the Graco Quattro Tour strollers and travel systems manufactured before November 2006 and the Graco MetroLite strollers and travel systems manufactured before July 2007. These strollers were produced in China and distributed by retailers across the United States between November 2000 and December 2007. The Graco recall also affects millions of strollers holding the Passage, Alano and Spree names which were also manufactured in China between October 2004 and February 2008 and distributed nationwide between October 2004 and December 2009. Previously, Graco issued a recall in 2005 affecting over a million Duo Tandem and MetroLite strollers which failed to latch properly and caused over 230 injuries like lacerations, bruises and broken bones in children.
These Graco products have been deemed defective and were recalled because of the risk of serious injury and death for children who use the strollers and travel systems. Children most at risk of entrapment and strangulation are those younger than twelve months of age who may slip through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom which is big enough for the torso to slip through, but not big enough for the baby’s head. The defective strollers responsible for this hazard are the Quattro Tour and MetroLite models. Furthermore, children’s fingers may be amputated by the canopy hinge of the Graco Passage, Alano, and Spree stroller models.
Defective Graco Products and Injuries
To date, there have been four reports of infant strangulation deaths which occurred between 2003 and 2005, five reports of finger amputation in children, and five reports of infant entrapment resulting from the use of these defective Graco strollers. Infant entrapment typically results in bruises and cuts, but may also put children at risk of strangulation by inhibiting their ability to breathe.
Unfortunately, even though Graco was aware of the risk of strangulation posed by their defective products as early as 2003, the Graco recall on those products wasn’t instituted until 2010, after millions of other children were put at risk for serious injury or death. The company even discontinued the manufacture of the Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers in 2007, although they didn’t issue the recall until three years later. In 2005, shortly after the infant deaths actually occurred, Graco was penalized for failing to report defects involving their strollers to the U.S. CPSC. However, no immediate action was taken to correct the defect in the products which caused the four deaths. In January 2008, an industry standard was instituted, requiring larger openings between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom, in order to prevent strangulation and entrapment hazards. Since production of the defective Graco strollers and travel systems believed to cause entrapment and strangulation were discontinued in 2007, the products were never subjected to this standard.
A Graco Stroller Attorney Can Help
Defective products like these Graco strollers and travel systems may put millions of children at risk of suffering from serious and potentially fatal injury. If you are currently using one of the recalled models of Graco strollers, you should discontinue use of the product immediately. If your child has sustained serious injuries like finger amputation, bruises, cuts or difficulty breathing from being trapped in the stroller, or even strangulation, contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible to discuss the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your child’s injuries, the medical expenses associated with treatment of the injury, and the pain and suffering incurred by your child and your family, by filing a personal injury lawsuit. If your child’s injuries were fatal, you may benefit from filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the Graco manufacturing company. You are not at fault for the injuries or death your child has suffered resulting from use of a defective Graco product, and with the help of an experienced defective product lawyer, you can collect the compensation you deserve.