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RECALL -10/21- Graco Recalls Quattro™and MetroLite™Strollers

Postby Keri Tom » Thu Oct 21, 2010 5:40 pm

Graco Recalls Quattro™ and MetroLite™ Strollers Due to Risk of Entrapment and Strangulation
Four Infant Strangulation Deaths Reported


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Graco Children�s Products Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., is announcing the recall of about 2 million Graco strollers due to risk of entrapment and strangulation. CPSC and Graco have received four reports of infant strangulations that occurred in these strollers between 2003 and 2005. In addition, CPSC is aware of five reports of infants becoming entrapped, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one report of an infant having difficulty breathing.

Entrapment and strangulation can occur, especially to infants younger than 12 months of age, when a child is not harnessed. An infant can pass through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, but his/her head and neck can become entrapped by the tray. Infants who become entrapped at the neck are at risk of strangulation.

The recall involves older versions of the Graco Quattro Tour™ and MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to the existence of the January 2008 voluntary industry standard which addresses the height of the opening between the stroller�s tray and the seat bottom. This voluntary standard requires larger stroller openings that prevent infant entrapment and strangulation hazards.

This recall involves Graco Quattro Tour™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to November 2006 and MetroLite™ strollers and travel systems manufactured prior to July 2007. The strollers and travel systems were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. The model numbers are printed on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller. The name �Graco� appears on a label on the stroller tray and the headrest. Models included in the recall are:

Quattro Stroller
$100-$190
Distributed Between
Nov 2002 � Dec 2007
    35735
    35759
    7111ASB
    7111BKW
    7111CLN
    7111CUN
    7111DIA
    7111HEA
    7111HIG
    7111LAG
    7111KSH
    7112CNP
    7112MTR
    7113CJR
    7113CMR
    7113COT
    7119GGG
    7119WSR
    7121MAY
    7125QST
    7126RNS
    7127LEG
    7132RXY
    7134SMB
    7138RNS

Quattro Stroller Travel System
$200-$250
Distributed Between
Oct 2002 � Oct 2007
    35760
    7411ATR
    7411BGN
    7411BGN2
    7411BLB
    7411KBK
    7411KBK2
    7411LV
    7411MCH
    7411MCH2
    7411MLY
    7411MLY2
    7419LIM
    7419LIM2
    7419OWD2
    7B00BDA
    7B00DRB
    7B00KAS
    7B01MNS
    7B03CST2
    7B03LTC2
    7B03TFE2

MetroLite Stroller
$90-$190
Distributed Between
Nov 2000 � Dec 2007
    1104
    1240
    6110DW
    6110F3
    6110S7
    6110TS7
    6111FKB
    6111VIN
    6113SCR
    6114HAV
    6114JAM
    6114LAG
    6114NGS
    6116NRF
    6120SHL
    6121CJG
    6121CNP
    6121GGG
    6121MTR
    6123EME
    6124LRD
    6125SMB
    6J01DAI
    6J01HRL
    6J03RIT
    6J04JEN
    6J05MIN

MetroLite Travel System
$190-$250
Distributed Between
Dec 2000 � June 2005
    1070
    7000KSB
    7308DEL
    7308DEL2
    7308DEL4
    7308TYR
    7308TYR2
    7406PLT
    7408MRT
    7409GRG
    7410CON
    7413CML
    7413MRN
    C7413CML


NOTE: Quattro and MetroLite strollers ending with the number 3 are NOT affected by this recall.

The strollers were sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other stores nationwide between November 2000 and December 2007 for between $90 and $190 for the strollers, and between $190 and $250 for travel systems.

The strollers were manufactured in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco for a free repair kit. To order a repair kit, contact Graco toll-free at (877) 828-4046 anytime, or visit the firm�s website at http://www.gracobaby.com. Consumers can continue use of the stroller as a �travel system.� When the stroller is used with the infant car seat, the entrapment and strangulation hazards posed by the space gap are not present.

For additional information, consumers can contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

NOTE:: When using a stroller, parents and caregivers are encouraged to always secure children by using the safety harness and never leave them unattended. To learn more about the importance of stroller safety, download CPSC�s safety alert: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/5096.pdf

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CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054. To join a CPSC e-mail subscription list, please go to https://www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx. Consumers can obtain recall and general safety information by logging on to CPSC's Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov.
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