The strangulation deaths of four
babies have led Graco to recall 2 million Quattro
and MetroLite brand strollers.
The deaths aren’t recent. They
occurred between 2003 and 2005.
The strollers in the current recall were sold between November 2000
and December 2007.
The danger is that babies,
especially infants under age 12 months, can slip through the opening between
the stroller tray and the seat bottom. In these strollers, the opening is big
enough for the baby’s torso to slip through, but not big enough for the baby’s
head. Infants thus caught by the neck can strangle.
In addition to the four deaths, the
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received five reports of infants
becoming trapped in the strollers, resulting in cuts and bruises, and one
report of an infant having trouble breathing.
These problems do not happen if the
baby is secured in the stroller harness and the child is not left unattended in
New versions of Graco’s Quattro and MetroLite strollers have
passed Consumer Reports stringent safety
However, two other brands of
strollers from other manufacturers — Tike Tech and Valco Baby — did not pass
the tests. Consumer Reports notified the CPSC, and the products were recalled
two weeks ago.
Consumers should immediately stop
using the recalled Graco strollers and should contact Graco at 877-838-4046 for
a free repair kit.
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.