Graco Strollers today announced the biggest stroller recall in US history, 1.5 million strollers. Affected models are the Spree, Alano, and Graco Passage strollers. Faulty hinges have amputated and lacerated toddlers’ fingers while opening or closing the canopy. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has more:
Graco manufactured two different styles of hinge mechanisms for these stroller models. Only strollers or travel systems with a plastic, jointed hinge mechanism that has indented canopy positioning notches (see photo below) are included in this recall. The recalled strollers were manufactured between October 2004 and February 2008. The model number and manufacture date are located on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels.
Sold at: AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijers, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide from October 2004 and December 2009 for between $80 and $90 for the strollers and between $150 and $200 for the travel systems.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco to receive a free protective cover repair kit.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Graco at (800) 345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gracobaby.com
The CPSC has a chart of model numbers for affected strollers.