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Thursday, October 21, 2010

NEWS YOU CAN USE: Stroller Recall

These days we are bombarded with news of recalls. Every day brings a new announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, so the information often goes in one ear and out the other. Bad booster seats, dangerous dropside cribs, strollers that strangle, the list goes on. If you want to stay on top of all the latest recalls, subscribe to the CPSC's e-mail notices.

Today's recall includes the Graco Quattro Tour, seen in the picture to the right, and Metrolite strollers and travel systems. Four babies died because they weren't strapped in and slid down and strangled between the stroller tray and seat bottom. Obviously, part of the responsibility lies with parents, to strap in their children. But failure to do so should by no means have deadly results! The strollers and travel systems were distributed between November 2000 and December 2007. For the model numbers, which can be found on a label at the lower portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels or underneath the stroller, click here. Contact Graco for a repair kit. Strollers purchased after December 2007 should be okay. In 2008 companies started manufacturing strollers with larger openings to prevent strangulation.

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