Graco recalls strollers after hinge injures children

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Graco is recalling 1.5 million baby strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the strollers can cut off a child's fingertip.

So far seven children have been hurt by placing their fingers in the problem hinge. The CPSC says five children had to have their fingertips amputated. Two other children were severely cut.

The recall has local parents like Derrick Barnes worried.

"It kind of makes you wonder about the products that are out there," Barnes said. "How many more situations where kids can get hurt? Unfortunately, we don't find out until something bad has happened."

The CPSC reports the recall includes nearly five dozen models of the Graco "Passage," "Alano" and "Spree" strollers and travel systems. All are sold at major retail stores throughout the country including: Meijers, Sears, Target and Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies "R" Us, Toys "R" Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Navy Exchange, and AAFES. The strollers range in price between $80-90 for the strollers and $150-200 for the travel systems.

"I mean I have a newborn and I don't want his fingers to get pinched or my three and a half year old," said Kendra Waple. "You want to keep your children as safe as possible."

The problem is with the hinge on the stroller's canopy. Graco manufactured two different styles. Only the strollers with the indented mechanism are included in the recall.

"The problem is that the hinge mechanism is notched and it's so easy for a child to get their fingers in there when you're opening or closing the canopy," said CPSC Spokesperson Patty Davis. "So now Graco is providing a free protective cover, repair kids."

Those are these cloth pieces. Graco's asking consumers to cover the affected hinge with them instead of returning the strollers.

Graco released this statement: "At Graco, safety is always our top priority. We have determined that some of the canopies on select designs of Passage, Alano, and Spree model strollers, manufactured by Graco prior to March 2008, could expose children to a risk of injury. We have issued a voluntary recall for these products. No other Graco strollers are affected by this notice. For consumers who have an affected stroller, there is no need to return the product; Graco will provide a free canopy hinge cover for these strollers upon request."

The CPSC asks consumers to immediately stop using the recalled strollers and contact Graco to receive a free protective cover repair kit. Consumers are asked to call: 1-800-345-4109 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

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