Boy, the recalls are so bad this year! I used to think Graco was a very fine stroller maker, so their delay in recalling these models comes as a shock to me. Graco previously recalled 1.5 million strollers in January 2010, after 5 children lost fingertips in the canopy hinge. Now they're recalling another 2 million, after 4 strangulation deaths were reported. These are older models, sold at AAFES, Babies R Us, Burlington Coat Factory, Fred Meyer, Kmart, 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 affected serial numbers are listed at http://www.gracobaby.com/Custo.....mlfaq.aspx
. Graco will provide a free repair kit - http://www.pages02.net/newellr.....0/default/
. You will receive a fabric restraint that closes the gap between the stroller tray and stroller seat.
The company says that it is safe to continue to use these strollers as a travel system (with an infant car seat attached).
The deaths aren't recent. They occurred between 2003 and 2005. That bothers Donald Mays, senior director of product safety for Consumer Reports.
"This troubles me very much. It seems to me way too long before Graco recalled these products," Mays tells WebMD. "It seems that for this company there are lots of cases where injuries mounted before something was done."
In 2005, Mays says, Graco was levied a record civil penalty for failing to report problems to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).