5 Million Graco Strollers Recalled Over Risk of Amputation Injuries
Children may be at risk of getting their fingers caught in the stroller’s sliding hinge, possible causing laceration or amputation injuries.
Close to five million Graco and Century-branded strollers are being subjected to a consumer product recall, following reports of children’s fingers getting amputated in the folding hinges of the strollers, which pose a severe laceration hazard. The Graco stroller recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on November 20, after the agency received at least 11 reports in which children suffered finger injuries while using the strollers, including at least six incidents where the child’s finger was amputated, four incidents of partial-fingertip amputation, and one finger laceration injury.
Models Affected by Stroller Recall
The stroller recall affects approximately 4.7 million Graco and Century strollers sold throughout the United States, about 202,000 strollers sold in Canada, and roughly 10,300 strollers sold in Mexico. Eleven different stroller models are included in the recall, including the following:
All of the models affected by the recall are single-occupant strollers that feature an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side, as well as a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. The recalled strollers were manufactured in China under Graco Children’s Products of Atlanta, Georgia, between August 1, 2000 and September 25, 2014, and were sold at Toys R Us, Target, Walmart and other retail stores nationwide, as well as online at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and other online retailers.
Strollers Pose Laceration and Amputation Hazard
According to the Graco stroller recall announced by the CPSC, the products pose a laceration and amputation risk for children, due to the sliding fold-lock hinge on each side of the stroller, which children may be able to reach. If children put their fingers or hands into the side of the stroller where the sliding hinge is located, they may accidentally engage the locking mechanism with their fingers inside the hinge, putting them at risk of suffering a serious laceration injury or amputating their fingers or fingertips.
A Product Liability Attorney Can Help
This significant recall is at least the second major problem linked to Graco children’s strollers in 2014 alone. Back in June, several models of Graco strollers, including the Ready2Grow Classic Connect stroller model, were added to the CPSC’s “Don’t Buy; Safety Risk” list, due to a roll-away hazard. If your child has suffered serious injuries while using a recalled Graco stroller, or another potentially defective consumer product, our consumer advocates at the Leading Justice can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by dangerous products, and can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable product liability lawyer today.
[box type=”note” align=”aligncenter” ]Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Graco-Recalls-11-Models-of-Strollers/[/box]