Graco Stroller – Finger Amputation
Written by Andrew Sarski on March 1, 2011
Finger Amputation Described
Finger amputations are serious injuries which can significantly affect an individual’s ability to participate in everyday activities, especially for small children who are just learning how to grasp objects, play with toys and perform simple tasks with their hands. The digit which typically causes a child the most difficulty if severed is the thumb, which is responsible for approximately 40% of the function of the hand. Children whose finger or fingers have been amputated should seek medical attention immediately. In many cases, an amputated finger can be reattached, as long as the affected finger hasn’t suffered extensive damage. Children are more likely than adults to heal an amputated finger that has been reattached, so every effort is usually made to reattach the severed fingers of children.
Defective Graco Products and Finger Amputation Connection
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly two million Graco Passage, Alano and Spree stroller and travel system models were considered defective and recalled after five instances of finger amputations and two cases of finger lacerations were reported, resulting from the use of these products. The CPSC has reported that the strollers and travel systems employing the plastic, jointed hinge mechanisms with indented canopy positioning notches have amputated or severely injured the fingertips of children who placed their fingers in the stroller’s canopy hinge while the canopy was being opened or closed.
Graco’s recall of these defective strollers and travel systems comes on the heels of severe criticism regarding the company’s other dangerous products, namely the Quattro Tour and MetroLite models, which have caused four infant strangulation deaths and five reports of infant entrapment in the past. According to experts, the opening between the tray and the seat bottom of these strollers is big enough for a small child’s torso to slip through, but not big enough for the infant’s head, resulting in a significant risk of entrapment and strangulation. Although these infant deaths occurred between 2003 and 2005, Graco failed to recall close to two million of these dangerous products until 2010, placing millions of children at risk of serious injury and even death in the meantime.
Previously, Graco issued a recall in 2005 affecting over a million Duo Tandem and MetroLite strollers which had a defective latch and caused over 230 injuries like lacerations, bruises and broken bones in children. Although Graco has recalled the Passage, Alano and Spree stroller models, the company is not suggesting consumers return these products, nor is Graco offering reimbursement to the millions of defective stroller owners. Graco has simply manufactured protective hinge covers which consumers can order through Graco’s website and have shipped to them. In the meantime Graco advises consumers to discontinue use of the dangerous products.
Contact a Defective Stroller Attorney for Help
These defective Graco products are extremely dangerous and have the potential to cause serious injury for a child, including amputation of the child’s finger. If your child has suffered a severed finger resulting from the use of a defective Graco stroller, contact a defective product attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a defective product lawsuit against Graco. You should not be held responsible for your child’s injury, the medical expenses resulting from treating the injury, or the pain and suffering sustained by your child and your family. With the help of a defective product lawyer, consumers can stand up for their rights and the rights of their child, and receive the compensation they deserve.