Almost 5 Million Strollers Recalled Due to Finger Amputations
After reports of six fingertip amputations, four partial-fingertip amputations and one finger laceration, Graco Children’s Products has recalled about 4.7 million strollers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the folding hinge that appears on the sides of the stroller “can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.”
The 11 models affected are all single-occupant strollers that have an “external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle.”
The recall includes 11 Graco and Century-brand strollers that have a manufacture date from Aug. 1, 2000, to Sept. 25, 2014: Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate.
The strollers were available at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Amazon.com and other retailers.
Recall instructions from the CPSC read: “Contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit. Repair kits will be available from the firm at the beginning of December 2014.
While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers should exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller to be certain that the hinges are firmly locked before placing a child in the stroller. Caregivers are advised to immediately remove the child from a stroller that begins to fold to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.”