Graco Announces Recall of Strollers Following Infant Deaths

Recall of certain Graco strollers has been announcedBaby product producer Graco and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have recently announced the recall of a series of strollers manufactured by the company following the deaths of four infants.

According to the press release issued by CPSC, the strollers being recalled pose a risk of strangulation for infants. The opening between the tray and the seat of these strollers is large enough for infants to slide through, but the opening above the tray is relatively small, making it possible for infants to slide down the seats and have their heads trapped above the tray, potentially leading to suffocation.

The recall includes older versions of Graco Quattro Tour and MetroLite strollers and travel systems, according to the press release. These products were distributed before December 2007. In January 2008, a new voluntary industry standard was put in place that ensures the opening above the tray is large enough to avoid the strangulation hazard.

The recall affects 2 million strollers. The CPSC said that consumers who have one of the products included in the recall should stop using it immediately and contact Graco for a free repair kit. The press release specifies, however, that using the strollers with the infant car seat is safe and the risk of suffocation is not present.