Graco Stroller – Entrapment
Written by Andrew Sarski on March 1, 2011
Most recently, Graco and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comission (CPSC) recalled millions of Graco stroller and travel systems, including the Quattro Tour models manufactured before November 2006, the MetroLite models manufactured before July 2007, and the Passage, Alano, and Spree models manufactured before February 2008. Each of these products were manufactured in China by Graco Children’s Products Inc. and have been distributed by retailers to consumers nationwide since 2000. According to U.S. CPSC reports, these strollers have caused a number of instances of strangulation, finger amputation and entrapment in small children across the country.
What is Entrapment?
When referring to entrapment in relation to defective products, like the recalled Graco strollers, the term describes the potential for the product to cause a child to become trapped, possibly resulting in serious injury and even death. In many cases, entrapment by a defective product may result in lacerations and bruises, and sometimes difficulty breathing, which may lead to strangulation.
Defective Graco Products and Entrapment Link
According to the U.S. CPSC, use of certain models of the Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers have resulted in four infant deaths by strangulation between 2003 and 2005 and five cases of infant entrapment. In the majority of the instances of entrapment, the infant sustained bruises and cuts, but one report determined that the child became trapped, causing breathing to be inhibited. The three additional Graco models which were recalled caused five instances of finger amputation and two cases of finger lacerations in children who placed their finger in the stroller’s canopy hinge while the canopy was being opened or closed.
The Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers have been deemed defective and dangerous because, as the U.S. CPSC reports, the opening between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom is so large that children, particularly those younger than 12 months of age, may slip through the opening. Unfortunately, while the opening is large enough for a small child’s body to fit through, it is typically too small to fit the infant’s head, allowing the child to become trapped and potentially suffer strangulation.
Although Graco was aware of the potential for these strollers to cause infant entrapment and strangulation as early as 2003, the company failed to issue a recall until 2010, putting millions of children at risk of devastating injury and death in the meantime. In fact, the company received a penalty in 2005 for failing to report defects involving their strollers to the U.S. CPSC, and in 2007, discontinued manufacturing these two defective models of strollers. Unfortunately, the recall wasn’t instituted for another three years. In January 2008, an industry standard was put into effect, requiring larger openings between the stroller’s tray and seat bottom in order to prevent entrapment and strangulation hazards. However, the company had already stopped producing these products, and no immediate action was taken to correct the defects in the dangerous products which had already been manufactured and distributed to consumers across the country.
A Defective Stroller Attorney Can Help
If you currently own one of the Graco stroller and travel system products which have been deemed defective and dangerous, discontinue use of the product immediately. If your child has suffered a serious injury resulting from the use of a defective Graco product, a defective product attorney can help. You may be entitled to reimbursement for your child’s injuries, the medical expenses associated with treating the injury, and the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family. Contact a defective product lawyer to discuss the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit against Graco Children’s Products Inc. Defective product attorneys are extremely well-versed in defective product litigation and have the knowledge and expertise necessary to help injured victims collect the compensation they deserve.