Graco recalling millions of strollers due to fingertip amputation hazard

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by Charles Miller

Graco has announced a recall of 11 models of strollers due to a child’s finger getting pinched in the folding hinge on the stroller. According to the recall announcement, the folding hinge on the sides of the strollers can pinch a child’s finger, posing a laceration or amputation hazard.

The company has received 11 reports of finger injuries including six reports of fingertip amputation, four reports of partial-fingertip amputation and one finger laceration, according to the CPSC. Consumers should contact Graco immediately for a free repair kit.

While waiting for a repair kit, caregivers are being asked to exercise extreme care when unfolding the stroller and 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 in order to keep their fingers from the side hinge area.

The recall involves almost five million Graco and Century-branded strollers with model names Aspen, Breeze, Capri, Cirrus, Glider, Kite, LiteRider, Sierra, Solara, Sterling and TravelMate. All models involved are single-occupant strollers with an external sliding fold-lock hinge on each side and a one-hand fold release mechanism on the handle. More information, including the specific model numbers involved, is available at the CPSC website.

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