Millions of strollers recalled

Nearly 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at large department stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are now being recalled after some children’s fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products.

This recall by Graco Children’s Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. The company received seven reports of children placing their fingers in a stroller’s canopy hinge as the canopy was being opened or closed. Five children had their fingertips severed and two children received cuts on their fingertips.

Made in China, the strollers were sold at AAFES, Burlington Coat Factory, Babies R Us, Toys R Us, Kmart, Fred Meyer, Meijer, Navy Exchange, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers nationwide between October of 2004 to December 2009.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that strollers pose an amputation and laceration hazard to children when opening or closing the canopy. The government has advised consumers to immediately refrain from using the strollers and contact Graco to receive a free repair kit.

This recall is the second major recall over the past few months of strollers that led to fingertip amputation and injuries. In November, 12 reports of children’s fingertips being severed by Maclaren strollers.

The safety commission has begun examining all strollers with the designs that have caused fingertip amputations.

For more information about the recalled strollers, consumers can call 800-345-4109 or log on to www.cpsc.gov.

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