Graco®, the popular maker of many children’s products from strollers and cribs to carseats and highchairs, has announced several product recalls in 2010. Here are five 2010 Graco® recalls you should know about:
(1) Quattro Tour™ and MetroLite™ stroller and travel systems: About two million of these models made before November 2006 (Quattro Tour™) and July 2007 (MetroLite™) have been recalled based on reports that four babies died after becoming trapped in them. Another five infants were trapped and had bruising and cuts.
The strollers were sold between 2000 and 2007; if children aren’t strapped in correctly, they may slide through the opening between the stroller tray and seat bottom, become stuck and be strangled. Hat tip to the Huffington Post.
(2) Simplicity Crib: Graco® has also recently recalled this crib because of two reported injuries from problems with the mattress-support frame.
Graco® reports that the “tubular metal mattress-support frame can bend or detach and cause part of the mattress to collapse, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged, entrapped or fall out of the crib.”
(3) Drop Side Crib: The company has also recalled this crib, whose drop side may detach unexpectedly creating a potentially hazardous gap. Children in the crib may then become “wedged or entrapped, posing a risk of suffocation and strangulation.” There is also a reported risk that infants or toddlers may “fall from the cribs when the drop side detaches or fails to lock.”
One injury has been reported, and about 200,000 units produced between December 2006 and May 2009 are affected.
(4) Passage™, Alano™ and Spree™ Stroller Recall: The opening and closing of the stroller’s canopy can “pose a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child.”
Seven injuries have been reported, and about 1,500,000 units produced between October 2004 and February 2008 are affected.
(5) Harmony™ Highchair: Twenty-four injuries have been reported in association with this highchair whose front leg screws may “loosen and fall out and/or the plastic bracket on the rear legs can crack causing the high chair to become unstable and tip over unexpectedly.”
The recall affects about 1.2 million units in the United States and another 35,000 in Canada, all produced between November 2003 and December 2009.
Note that you can always find the most up-to-date information about recalls and product safety news at the website of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.