About 1.5 million Graco strollers sold at Wal-Mart, Target and other major retailers are being recalled after some children’s fingertips were amputated by hinges on the products. The recall by Graco Children’s Products Inc. includes certain model numbers of its Passage, Alano and Spree Strollers and Travel Systems. Graco 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.


babycarriage.jpgThe strollers were made in China by Graco and 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 from October 2004 to December 2009. The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall, explaining that the strollers pose an amputation and laceration hazard to children when opening or closing the canopy. The company advised consumers to stop using the strollers and contact Graco to receive free protective hinge covers.
The recall involves strollers made between October 2004 and February 2008. The model numbers and manufacture dates are on the lower inside portion of the rear frame, just above the rear wheels. The recalled strollers have been on the market for five years. But Graco said in a statement Wednesday it has moved quickly to provide a corrective measure and is working closely with the safety commission.
This is the second major recall in recent months of strollers that led to fingertip amputations and injuries. Last November, about a million Maclaren strollers were recalled after there were 12 reports of children’s fingertips being amputated by a hinge mechanism.
The safety commission is now examining all strollers with the designs that have caused the fingertip amputations. For more information about the recalled strollers, consumers can visit http://www.cpsc.gov and http://www.gracobaby.com.

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